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Traveling across the globe to teach and help others isn't the typical family vacation, but the Ford family of Great Falls found their most recent vacation to Tanzania to be one of the most rewarding vacations they have ever taken.

Mother, Leesha Ford, was the family member responsible for planning the trip. 

"Really for me this was a great way to show our kids and our family how the rest of the world lives compared to what we have here. We really have so much and so much to be grateful for. It was a really great experience to share with them and to watch them teach people, learn about another culture and how they lived," she explained the reason for wanting to take a vacation to Tanzania. 

She and her husband, Jamie Ford, traveled with their seven children to the small village of Pommern. On top of all their luggage, the family also took with them five suitcases filled with donated medical supplies, life saving drugs and school supplies. The family spent a few weeks making a huge difference in the community by volunteering in the school, medical clinic and construction sites.

"It really was life changing to put a face on poverty and to see how people with so little can be so happy despite their circumstances,"said Jamie Ford. 

Daughter, Karissa, added, "They live with basically nothing. We always want more, but they don't have any of that stuff. Its amazing to see them so happy just to be."

Since returning to Great Falls...the Ford family still does everything they can to help out the friends they made in Pommern.

"Our family has kind of adopted this village and we are trying to make an effort to send back medical supplies. We plan to return once or twice every other year. We just want to help them along in their journey," said Leesha Ford.

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