Care-ful traveller in Noosa
WITH a sense of adventure, a good heart and plenty of courage, 33-year-old Nicole Mtawa has walked and worked where others have shunned.
Now, rather unexpectedly, she has generated enough goodwill to set up an NGO in Germany and create a home for abandoned children in India. Also in the pipeline are plans for a health centre in Tanzania.
Nicole's story started simply enough with the normal desires of a young woman to explore the world
In 2005, her first stop was Australia.
"People in Germany think of Australia as paradise," she said.
"And it is."
Nicole's first trip changed her outlook completely.
"And this is where the travel bug hit me.
"I was studying textiles, but now I wanted to become a student of the world," she said.
She followed this up with a trip to Tanzania where she had sponsored a child since she was 18.
It was here she saw and experienced a dreadful poverty that she had never before seen or experienced.
"I lived with a poor family and learnt to speak Swahili,' she said.
Then, one by one, she set out to help sick and homeless children. The first child she helped was suffering brain cancer.
After returning to Germany, she planned a further trip to Delhi. Again she was drawn to suffering children and took it upon herself to help wherever she could. In 2011, the first child suffering from Spine Tuberculosis and Cerebral Palsy was admitted to the home dedicated to suffering children.
But she never forgot Tanzania and on a later visit, worked even harder to alleviate the grinding poverty and ill health suffered by the people.
She also met a street kid her own age, Juma, who lived a daily life of violence, drugs and poor health.
Nicole worked with Juma to better his life. Eventually love blossomed and against all odds they managed to marry.
By this stage Nicole had already written one book on her life in Africa, and Juma asked if she would write about his life.
The German language books have gained a wide readership and with that came offers of help for the people whose suffering she had depicted in the books.
The two are now spending a few months travelling throughout Australia, currently staying with Tewantin resident Barry Hence and his wife.
More details: humandreams.org or contact Nicole on +61 450 205 306.