I′ve sat here staring at this blank page for an hour, trying to figure out how to start this. Then I thought why not try telling you guys of the struggle. It ′s not that I don’t know what to say. I know exactly what I want to say, what I want to express and what I want to share. I just fear that these words you read aren ′t enough for me to highlight the amazing journey I have had whilst on Mission Possible. But I’ll try anyway, Bismillah…
As clichéd as it sounds, coming on Mission Possible has been of the best things I have ever been a part of. Little did I know that it would be one hell of a learning curve for me, discovering abilities I had within me which I thought were non-existent. I came on MP with a vision of me making a difference in the lives of people who were less fortunate than me. A vision to see for my own eyes the struggles the people of Kilwa undergo for basic necessities just to live. I pictured myself, standing tall and proud beside the Rain Water Harvesting system which myself and the rest of my team installed.
Not once did I picture myself in awe of the smiles and spirit which surrounded me daily. I overlooked the possibility that I may have been the one who needed help. Mentally I wasn ’t at my best, a few weeks prior to Mission Possible I had lost an aunt so dear to me. I was stuck in a dark mental tunnel, straining my eyes to see some light. I saw no light, but I felt a glimmer of hope in my heart and with that I went ahead with the Mission.
On the first day of the Mission, I saw a flicker of that light I was searching for in the smile of a beautiful woman named Adijah. There I was walking 6km on a water trek, feeling like I was about to collapse, I had no faith in myself to make it all the way, I was waiting for myself to give up at any moment but I didn ’t. I didn ’t because I looked over at Adijah, who was by my side and I saw her smiling ear to ear and I thought &ldquoMasha ’Allah what a beautiful smile! But how does she have the energy to smile?!! ” and that ’s when I felt a drive of motivation to push myself and make it till the end. On my very first day I learnt that we sit here in the UK thinking these people are unhappy because of their quality of life. As much as their lives do need enhancement, we overlook the fact that they are happy and content with the little they have.
One of the most vital things I have learnt is the power of working together in a team. Being a part of a unit, where you bounce off each other’s energy in order to help one another. When you’re all striving for the same goal regardless of the different personal journey you will undergo to achieve that goal, your motivation has the power to motivate everyone in your team. I came to Tanzania wanting to make a difference; I got to do just that and more. If you want to challenge yourself, well then Mission Possible allows people like you and me the chance to be inspired, motivated and educated on the realities of poverty. We, the volunteers, are the future of charities like Islamic Help, so if you want the opportunity to be a humanitarian and make a difference to humanity, Mission Possible is here to deliver just that!
I accept all that happens in my life, good or bad is from Allah SWT. I believe that my Lord blessed me with this opportunity, so that I may find peace. Alhamdulillah, I found peace in Tanzania.