by Work the World

My last bucket shower this morning. It’s a very sad moment. Within 36 hours I will be on a plane back to the UK and my time in Ghana and this village will be over. It’s gone so quickly and I definitely don’t want to go back. I want to stay here!

When I left my room this morning I found the children playing with the toys I had brought them. They were playing with the balloons calling the pink one ‘burnt obruni’ and the boy was making a track out of stones to race the toy car on. It was really nice to see how such little things could make them so happy. Comfort gave me a huge hug, thanked me again, and told me that I must return if I go to Ghana again. I really hope I do!

The clinic was fairly quiet this morning, there was a general sense of sadness in the air! I had the chance to do a couple more cannulas and intra-muscular injections and also saw my last few cases of malaria and typhoid fever – probably the last I will see for a lifetime! A couple people also turned up to the clinic today just to see a white female. It was very odd – I wasn’t entirely sure what to say to them, I couldn’t imagine a life where I hadn’t seen white or dark people – an entirely different world!

Jeff insisted on making me some lunch before I set off back to the WTW house, so he made me the delicacy of Banku. It’s a bit like fufu but has cassava in it instead of yam. Again I didn’t mind the banku itself so much but I did mind the ‘white fish’ that it was with! Luckily (or unluckily) there will be no more fish stews for me!

The taxi arrived at 2pm and Wisdom travelled back with me to make sure I got there safely. It was so strange being back in the house but at the same time I really appreciated the little things like a proper sofa and an actual bed!

This week really has been the best part of my time in Ghana. The things I have seen and experienced I would have never got by just living in the house. I am so sad to of left the village, and shortly Ghana all together but hopefully one day I will return to see those smiling faces once again.

Written by Jodie Booth, medical student at the University of Sheffield

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