Letter: Darien High varsity soccer player thanks community for gear donations for Tanzania

Soccer equipment donations were taken to Tanzania recently — Anne Wells photos

To the Editor:

On behalf of the children of St. Joseph’s Orphan Center/The Heaven School and the Future Stars Academy Football League in Tanzania, I would like to thank the Darien community for your donations of soccer equipment and uniforms on April 21, 2018. The lightly-used uniforms, balls, socks, jacket, sneakers (and more) that you donated have finally arrived in Africa! With the support from the Darien Soccer Association and Darien High School soccer coaches Jon Bradley and Leigh Parsons, the response was tremendous and the kids and teens were so excited by your generosity.

My family and I organized the donated items into sizes and, with Anne Wells, the Unite the World with Africa Foundation founder, packed them into three barrels to be shipped with Amefricargo LLC from Connecticut to Tanzania. The barrels left the United States on a container ship in November 2018 (there were delays because of African government regulations) and arrived in Dar Es Salaam and Arusha just last month.

Thanks to you, we have successfully delivered more than than 35 deflated soccer balls with air pumps; 50 pairs of sports socks; dozens of pairs of sports sneakers; and more than 100 sports uniforms/jerseys to support the sports program at The Heaven School and for Future Stars Academy Football League in Arusha.

You can see from the pictures below how excited Sister Crispina and all the kids are! From all of us, Asante Asante! To read more, please visit www.uniteafricafoundation.org.

With thanks and best wishes for a great spring soccer season —

Ellen Harnisch

Darien High School Senior

Varsity Soccer Player