It is Africa Day at school today. A colleague and I have organised a day of cooking, story telling, music, language learning, geography and art - all around the theme of Africa. In the afternoon, we're having a coin drive and teacher auction to raise money for The Tumaini Fund, a charity which supports AIDS orphans and widows in Tanzania.
Yet it has taken nearly nine years for me to be able to even contemplate taking part in something like this, let alone initiating and organising it.
Remembered pain, referred pain, projected pain. Selfish pain.
At least, now, I can introduce children to the uniqueness of Africa. To give them a glimpse into the continent and begin to explore its riches.