Day 7: Our Final Lap
As we rounded out our final clinic day, some of the team members declared this their favorite. This time, our trek took us almost 3 hours up the mountain top---our bodies a bit achy, a lot of “ducking” from tropical branches and leaves as we diverted our heads and arms for cover; streams, creeks, rivers to be crossed; cows and turkeys to be “shooed away” from our path, and sprinklings of waving young and old villagers as we road by.
In this village, we served close to 200 people today, making our grand total of people served approximately 1000! Lori, our “Jefa”, has suggested that this may be a record-setting trip with the most people served AND the most terrain covered! I think we all feel proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish this week and grateful to have done it together.
A few additional reflections for the week:
Healthy communities are a collective effort - While the villages we served are so vastly different than most of our everyday lives in Canada, there are also so many things that are fundamental and similar--- parents trying to do the best for their families; children who are fueled with curiosity, energy and a thirst for life; a need to be connected with others even when language is an apparent barrier, and opportunities to thrive as humans.
There is a famous quote by Diane Ackerman (American poet and essayist) that reads “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well”. This week, I believe that all of us lived both length and width, and I will be forever grateful to have had an opportunity to be part of this extraordinary team and experience. One crossed off the bucket list!