Asante Sana!

May 22nd

Houston, we have t-shirts

Asante sana = thank you very much in Swahili. Neither Nicaraguans nor Mozambicans speak Swahili, but I’m pretty sure they’d also find this new vocab word of the day more interesting than the Gracias! or Obrigado! they’ll be sending you when they receive these amazing t-shirts.

box of tees in my closet

My guest room is packed with packages. I’ve received a suitcase full of tees from my parent’s church in Texas. A Brazilian mother’s group in Phoenix created a beautiful box of little shirts with Portuguese sayings. In fact, shirts have arrived from half a dozen countries with some of the most touching notes. It is hard not to get a bit overwhelmed by your generosity.

suitcase mailed from Texas

Thank you. I don’t know how else to tell you how much you rock.
Thank you. Gracias. Obrigado. Asante sana!


P.S. If you are looking for an excellent book about Africa, I am savoring “What is the What.” It is the tale of one of the Sudanese Lost Boys. I’ve known very little about the Sudanese conflict and am enjoying this story so much. Also, I am really excited to see this movie. Africa, here I come! 9 days until Nicaragua; three weeks until Malawi!

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13 Responses

  1. I have a t-shirt for you. Let me know how those books are. I’m going to start reading I Am Beautiful by Woody Winfree, and When A Crocodile Eats the Sun is on my list (an African memoir).

  2. Today is a rough day and I needed to see how good people are. Thanks Kelli for organizing this and thanks everyone who participated!!

  3. I’m also having a really bad day, and seeing this just warms my heart! I think it is absolutely incredible how many people came through, and am so thrilled that you will be able to get them out there!

  4. Oh wow, I love all the great colors and seeing what’s happening with the project. What a great idea.

    If you want to get more shirts into the suitcase, roll them up instead of laying them totally flat. It will let you get more in there. Or if you know someone with a vaccume food sealer you can use that to give more space.

  5. Great collection! Hope you have a wonderful trip!

  6. be safe sweet friend!

  7. Oh I’m so glad you’re enjoying that book and also that I wasn’t totally off the mark suggesting it to you.

    Sometimes I get all YOU WILL LOVE THIS and then afterward I’m like, what if they don’t love it? I will look like a tard, and then I worry.

    But this time, maybe I wasn’t totally wrong which is nice.

    Good luck packing all those awesome shirts.

  8. Wow, that’s awesome. I hope your trips are full of many, many simple moments that make one extraordinary experience.

  9. Maria Cristina May 22, 2008

    Thank YOU! I wish you safe travels and look forward to reading about your adventures. You are inspiring.

  10. That is just so cool! Have a safe, and fun trip. Can’t wait to hear and see your adventures here. 🙂

  11. It’s wonderful to know that people from so many different countries are participating. It really is a fabulous project. Thanks for letting us be a part of it.

    Safe travels Amiga!

  12. Hi Kelli, I would like to know if you received my package? I know you must be receiving tons, but it was in a white envelope from Canada. There were white and yellow tshirts and a onesie in it. Post Canada told me it should come at the beginning of this week, but when I track it, it says it’s still in Quebec City. :*( Maybe I’m using the wrong tracking number. Thanks!

    And have fun on your journey!

  13. It’s so wonderful to see this bounty of love from so many people. I feel blessed to have been able to participate. Each of those shirts is carrying a lot of genuine care to the people you visit. This is a great project, Kelli!