I am leaving tomorrow. I am actually leaving my home for 8 months tomorrow. I can’t believe it! I don’t think it has actually sunk in yet. It has gone by so fast. Guess I better start packing 😛
Since my last blog post, I tried to fit in the final activities that I wanted to do in Senegal. I spent a day with Madame Kane who runs a local restaurant that my co-workers and I eat at every day. I helped her to prepare several traditional Senegalese dishes (ceebu jen and yassa). I learned lots and had a lot of fun. Additionally, I ran the final workshop for Collège des Femmes. We got a lot of work accomplished on the action plan that I proposed. I really hope that it gets executed. At the end of the two-day workshop, members of College des Femmes surprised me with going away gifts. I was so incredibly touched. It was truly an honour to have worked with them these past 8 months. Last weekend, I organized a soccer game for my co-workers as a thank you present. It was CNCR vs. ASPRODEB (ASPRODEB is another agricultural organizations that shares the same building as CNCR). We are all good friends and work together often. It was a very close, exciting game. It ended as 11-9 for CNCR and I scored the last goal 🙂 All in all, everyone had a great time and it was decided that this would continue as a monthly tradition. I am very happy to have played a role in bringing my co-workers closer together.
I have already had to say goodbye to Collège des Femmes, CECI staff members, several co-workers and friends. Tears have been shed. I have been overwhelmed with everyone’s kindness. It is amazing to see that people not only appreciate my work but also who I am as a person. So many people said that they want me to stay and to be honest, I wish I could stay longer too. But I will definitely be back one day. Also hopefully some of them will be able to visit me in Canada! I am dreading saying good bye to my family tomorrow. It is going to be so hard.
That being said, I am very much looking forward to seeing my family and friends back in Canada. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everyone’s support from back home! This is a very interesting time in my life where I am transitioning between different chapters. I am grateful for this amazing opportunity and I am excited about what is to come! See you in two days Canada! ❤