Saying Goodbye

“Goodbying” was fun, difficult,etc. But, the person who had the hardest time with it was Clementina. She was weeping and trying to control that on top of having some malaria symptoms.
The school bought a volleyball net and ball and were playing when I arrived today. So, of course you know the first thing I did. Played with the girls and then luckily the boys came out. They were really good whereas the girls were “girly.” Excuse the expression but I think you know what I mean. I tried to help them but some were afraid of the ball and others just didn’t know how to move. I talked to the coach of the boys and asked him to coach the girls. He said he would try but they often don’t come out.
Saying goodbye
Then as I was driving away, many of the students came running out of the classrooms and in unison waved goodbye and mimicked my “happy dance” that I do in classes when someone does something really great. Very funny and bittersweet as always.
Ayamdooh and I talked about this being the best trip because I got everything done that I wanted. Nothing was left to do “tomorrow.” I didn’t get sick at all and the students really seemed to pick up on the teachings.

The teachers this time weren’t as enthusiastic as other times to come to classes. Apparently they expected me to provide food and pay their gas. So, I said forget it and taught the students which is always more fun anyway.
With Clementina teaching now, i am happy they will be getting more of the learning they need
My beautiful Yua children. I love them all.
walking in Yua

Yua woman in her new shirt from the U.S.

Yua woman in her new shirt from the U.S.


Yua woman wearing one of my many hats

Yua woman wearing one of my many hats

The women made shea butter again from bags of shea nuts I bought them. All of the containers but 4 are for the women and one for the medical clinic. They now use the butter regularly for skin irritations and for cooking of course.

There is enough shea butter for all the women who made it and the clinic.

There is enough shea butter for all the women who made it and the clinic.


So, that is it for this trip. So much has happened and I didn’t write about all of it. The adventures and the growth are never ending and I am most grateful to Akunz for first introducing me to these beautiful people and their village. It is with a heavy heart that I have left. On the other hand, I am glad to know I will be going back and seeing more progress with the animals and the students. students up close
Until next time…Hugs, Jan

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