23 Letters and 13 Shots

23 Letters and 13 Shots

After my teacher told me about this trip in April of this year, my dream was to go to Rwanda with a group of my friends and teachers where we would ride our bikes and visit orphanages. When I originally proposed the idea to my parents they told me that this year we weren’t financially able to afford this trip to Rwanda. I decided to write a letter to all of my family and friends asking for support. I ended up sending out 23 letters and within one week after they went out, people started to respond. By the end of June I had all the money I needed for the trip and more – even enough to cover all of the vaccinations I was going to need (my parents had decided against most vaccinations when I was a child but we were told Africa was too dangerous to take this risk – I ended up getting 13 different shots!). But I was going to Rwanda!

What do you think of vaccinations?  Were you vaccinated?  Did you give your kids vaccinations? If not, why not?

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Eliana Schiffer

13 year old Eliana Schiffer from Santa Barbara, California went on a 3 week bike ride this summer in Rwanda with her teacher’s family and 6 other students from Santa Barbara Middle School.

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