August 31, 2011 – It’s been almost a month since I left Kibungo. But I still feel ‘homesick’ sometimes – from sweet sugar-loaded African tea to star-filled night strolls (gutembere), I find myself drifting in thoughts of good memories.
Well, coming back to reality, I realise how amazing it is to learn and work in another part of the world. Knowing the local challenges and issues, I understand that we all live for one similar purpose: to live fully and abundantly.
Will I go back again? YES, indeed I will. In fact, I am hoping to go back at the end of this year to present my findings in Rwanda. It will be so rewarding to go back and share the results with the local people who were involved in our research (veterinarians, agriculture agents, the District Vice-mayor, local farmers, and government officials). Now is my turn to give back.
Picture: Here is one of my many departure gifts that I got from my teammates. The wooden frame reads – Dream Team – and it’s got a beautifully painted heifer! I proudly hung this on my kitchen wall where I relive my dream team that came true.