Today is the day we must say goodbye, and it's a bittersweet moment, to say the least. Our time here has introduced us to some of the most loving, giving, and joyful people, making it incredibly difficult to say goodbye. Fortunately, it's not really a farewell, but more of a "see you soon."
We started the day early, meeting with Brigitte and Paterne to craft an Action Plan for presenting to the government, a vital step toward establishing a Rwandan NGO. Additionally, we mapped out a comprehensive action plan for the next five years. The people of Rugarika have truly inspired us, igniting our determination to work tirelessly to help them achieve their aspirations.
Albert joined Karina and me on this journey, initially as an escort, but as the days unfolded, he found himself passionately thinking of ways he could help. With his background in automotive and construction, he envisioned numerous ways to contribute to the community's betterment and he presented them to us at the end of our meeting. Witnessing his love for the people and his commitment to utilizing his skills to assist them was truly inspiring.
Our next stop took us to the market, where we picked up some gifts to take back home. Then, with heavy hearts, we headed to the airport to bid our farewells. Brigitte and Paterne are undoubtedly among the kindest individuals we've ever had the privilege to meet, and we are eternally grateful to have them as both colleagues and friends.
While we may be leaving Rwanda physically, our hearts remain firmly connected to this incredible place and its wonderful people. Until we return, we'll be hard at work in the States, dedicated to helping the people of Rugarika achieve the sustainable changes they need to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. The journey continues, and we can't wait to see what the future holds.