Hello faithful followers!
We are posting from an airport... back in the States! We (Liz, Sarah and Jo) have one more flight, before we are home - but as far as we know, everyone else is back in their respective countries safe and sound (Emily to England, the Normans in France). It's been a long day and night of traveling, but we are all doing good!
So... just some catch-up. The second day of the workshop (Tuesday) went really well. Dr. Norman led and presented the results of our study from the last 3 years and the World Vision staff responded really well. There were multiple break-out sessions to begin looking at possible implementations of the findings and equipment. It was really good to just watch people getting excited and even just beginning the discussion of how to use our study to reach a wider group of handicapped people than just those in Mandiakuy. So exciting! Sadly, today was the day we had to say goodbye to Chip and Steve. They have been a great addition to our team, encouraging and just so fun to have around. It truly has been hysterical watching the interaction of the 3 men - we all miss them already.
Wednesday was spent in a flurry of activity as we packed up, checked our bags in early at Bamako airport, and hit up the market. Unfortunately, Sarah has been semi-knocked out the past 2 days (but toughing it out!) so she finally got some much needed rest as the rest of us spent some time in the afternoon with WV director Fabiano and his adorable family, enjoying some fantastic Brazilian coffee (so long NesCafe!) and fruit salad - so good! Truly, it has been sad and hard for all of us; saying goodbye to each other, people we've worked with (Dabere and Vincent!), and the community. O Mali, we will miss you.
But now, we are back safe and sound - and can't wait to catch up in person with everyone! Thank you so much! We've so appreciated your love, prayers and support. <3