Well…we all knew this day was going to come sometime and it did. Today is the day that I leave for home. It is such a bittersweet moment. All things I wanted out of this trip happened, plus more. My lifelong dream had come true…to go to Africa and help children. I do not even believe those words when I say them, because they seem unbelievable. I am completely and whole-heartedly satisfied with my work done here. I know once I am gone, I will want to come back…and come back I will..soon. There were life-changing experiences, life-long friends that turned into family, and a life-time full of memories.
I understand why they call it the ‘Pearl of Africa‘ because it is the most beautiful place I have ever been to. Everywhere you go there is beauty. There are mountains that carry you to the heavens and green scenery that is so aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It has not only been a place to stay, but has become my home that I know I can always come back to and be welcomed with warm hearts and big hugs. You don’t feel lonely here or unhappy, because no one will let that happen.
There was so much that has been done here and I could not be more grateful for it all. I walked through many villages and met children who barely had anything, but rags on their backs, I have seen the Nile River and waterfalls and pure beauty, walked through rain forests, made African food by myself, been to about 12 different schools and met over 5,000 children, rode on boda boda’s (African “motorcycle”), walked 2 miles through pouring, taught children with special needs, played and danced the nights away, and the list goes on and on and..on, but it would take faaar to long to write them all down.
I still have a few things that I really want to do here, so I guess that means I just have to come back again! My time here has gone by so quickly and I cannot believe it has come to an end. I remember thinking the first night I got here, that I could not believe I was in Africa and not to worry about time because I have 2 whole months. Those 2 months is over and went by quicker than ever. But whenever one door closes another door opens and for me my adventures do not end here. In 2 and half weeks I will be leaving once again for another adventure in Australia to be an au pair for an amazing family that I cannot wait to be with!
I want to conclude this trip with saying thank you to everyone that helped me get here and everyone that is here. I would not have been able to do it without you and I appreciate all your prayers and support with all my heart. So once again thank you for making my dream come true.
With Very Kind Regards and Love,
Anya and Maria
P.s. I will be uploading more photos and videos, once I get home…so keep your eye on here within the next week or so!