It is now half way through week 6, and we have just discharged another 3 patients, with a further 3 due to go home at the end of the week. The numbers are dwindling, but we are rewarded with the smiles on the faces of those that are going home. It is proving tough for those that are left behind, however, as they see their friends leave. For many it is the first time that they have formed any kind of friendships, as they are ostracised from their own families, let alone potential friends the same age as them in their own villages. Here, at Facing Africa, they are able to talk, laugh and play as equals without having to cover their faces or hide away. Everybody is suffering from the same disease and they are able to talk about their problems with one another. I am sure it will get even harder as we draw to an end, not just for the patients but for us also.
On a more positive note the rainy season is most definately behind us and the sunshine is out. We have spent the last week topping up our tans, which I fully intend on showing off in the UK...whatever the weather! Although I am sure, that once Ben and I set off on our travels and start our trek I will have a pretty impressive t-shirt tan instead!
Hope all is well in the UK and I look forward to hearing of the wind and rain soon!!