40 days until I step on a plane for Tanzania.

Forty days.

It seems so very short.  And long, all at the same time.  I am Beyond Excited, for this trip and this opportunity to experience Life in Africa.  I’ve never been there before, nor been over-seas before.

There is a First Time for Everything. . .I guess.

A First time to go on a Safari in Tanzania.

A First time to see the Stars (on that side of the world) unpolluted by man-made light.

A First time to fly for Two full days.

A First time to Spend a couple nights in a Masai Village.

A First time to see, first-hand, the Extraordinary Need; physical, emotional, and spiritual.

A First time for Everything.

This Three week Trip will be nothing short of amazing.  I’m so ready.  SO Ready.

40 Days.

And Counting.


Smiles. And Support.

Hey Friends, Family, Soon-to-be Friends, Random People and Smiling Faces!

My Name is Larisa.  And this summer I’m taking a three week trip to Moshi, Tanzania, East Africa.  The purpose of the trip is to Bring Hope to the people there.  My team and I will be helping an All Boys home, which has been taking in boys off the streets and giving them new life.  Most of these boys are apart of the AIDS epidemic that is sweeping Africa and many other parts of the world.  These kids have lost parents and/or siblings due to this horrible disease.

As of right now, there are 12 people on my team, who will all be going to Tanzania.  For each of us, the trip is going to cost $3,500.  An amazing opportunity and experience.  (Though, it’s kinda a lot of money for a teenager to pull together. Exactly the reason for This Blog! 🙂 )  We will be going to spread Hope, show Love and give Freely.  Through things like: painting rooms, basic construction, holding Children’s Events, doing Crafts with the Kids, and just giving our ourselves in any way needed.

I am starting this blog to get the word out there…and more importantly, help raise funds.  I will be posting and SELLING some of my recent creations.  Mainly: Paintings…but who knows?  Maybe little extra special things will be on here from time to time. 🙂


I’ll have some up paintings up here soon 🙂

Peace and Love, Larisa