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One week from today I will be flying out of Uganda and back to the United States. While I am very much looking forward to seeing all of my friends and family back in America, it is biter-sweet to be leaving the place I have called home for a year, and the people I have grown to love. This has been such an amazing year, full of ups and downs, crazy adventures, and so many experiences that brought growth.

I have so many great memories to take back with me: movie night at Hope Academy, where we huddled around a computer balanced on top of three stacked desks, seeing the transformation that has occurred in Everest’s life, riding on a boda for what felt like a million miles to a community that had just been given a new water well, trekking up the hill to Hope Academy in the mud and the rain to see an amazing/hilarious parade of skits and song and dance numbers at their graduation, sitting a the Village Art café on so many afternoons enjoying a soda.

I am truly grateful to have been able to have lived and worked in Kaihura with Bringing Hope to the Family. Even though I’m leaving for right now, instead of “goodbye”, I’ll just say “see you later Kaihura”.