Final Goodbyes

09 November 2017

I am not going to tell you that every day is great, because it is not. Some days are really, really hard. Some days are exhausting and I need to convince myself to get out of bed. But the thing is, the good days make it all worth it.

I had extended my mission and I am now nearing the end of my extension, I have just a few days left before I start my departure process. I started to write my handover report to the next FinCo, and I am starting to plan for my time after the mission. Honestly I am really tired, and need a break.

As I reflect on my time here I feel full of happiness. What an experience this has been! How lucky am I to have the opportunity to be here? Working for MSF has surpassed my wildest dreams, and I couldn’t be more grateful for this experience. As excited I am to go home, I feel a bit sad to leave. I hope that I see everyone again some day. I will miss each and every one of the people I have met here.

When I started writing my blog, I didn’t focus much on what MSF does or who they help, because I think that the website covers that pretty well. I just wrote about my own personal experience and how it impacted me and made me think.

Many people have asked me about why I didn’t write about the suffering. The reason is because while I was here, I focused on the positive, the wins, the people and connections. Sometimes all of the news, Facebook feed, and articles that focus on suffering is overwhelming and makes me feel helpless, and then I feel like the world is full of suffering.

While it is true, that there is a lot of suffering, there is also so much good! I have been so touched by witnessing the kindness of strangers to one another. Seeing people from all over the world come together to help. It is impressive and amazing and wonderful! I think maybe it was Mr. Rogers who said that in times of trouble, look for the helpers. Because there are always people who want to help. And where there are helpers, there is hope. That is how I feel here.

As I prepare to leave this beautiful country, I think about the lush countryside, the fantastic produce, the amazing houses built into rock, the warmth of the people, and the cherished connections I made with the Yemeni people I was lucky enough to meet while I was here. I hope that one day there is no need for MSF to be present. Until that day comes, I am so grateful that MSF is here to help and for the people who make it possible.