A very tough farewell.

I’ve been sitting here for the last ten minutes trying to come up with the right words to somehow convey how incredible the last two weeks have been and the people that made it that way.

I realised I can’t. The volunteers, what we have done, the experiences we have shared, the difference we have made and the close friendships that have been formed . . . these are all the things that words just can’t quite capture everything that we’ve done, but I will try.

In the two weeks we have done and achieved so much!

We built a toilet for an orphanage at one of the schools while at the other school we built a bridge and a community centre. These are the the first major steps into making these schools self sufficient as they slowly become the central hubs of  the community to the point where the community will give back to the schools and help attract more volunteers and sponsors. It is done in the hopes that these places will eventually become self sufficient and no longer need our help.

At the sanctuary we helped heal the elephants remaining psychosis with our positive efforts, we preserved what was left of the forest while bringing more trees to help restore it to its former majesty. We taught at the local school so that the community will eventually take over our role in the endeavours.

Everything we have done in two weeks will have positive repercussions for years to come.

It was all done by the amazing individuals, the people that have given up a huge amount of time and money to come here and make that change. They are people that have bonded over this trait that they all have in common. They come from different backgrounds but are all extraordinary and amazing people. It has been my very great pleasure to have known them all and I may have gotten a little bit emotional as I said goodbye to them one by one as I dropped them off at the airport.

Here are a few of my favourite photos from the week. Something that I hope commiserates these people, their incredible personalities and their phenomenal accomplishments.

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I want to thank you, to the ones that have followed and supported the volunteers along the way. You have the pleasure to know these amazing people. If you wish to help the places that we’ve been working in, then I implore you to donate to the charity in this link. 100% of all the donations go to these communities so that they can continue to flourish in our absence so that when we return at the end of the year they are still in the same state that we left them in.

Thank you for reading the blog and if you know the volunteers, you should be incredibly proud of what they have accomplished but also most of all because of who they are.

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