Children with disabilities cheering and wearing medals after disability sports event at CORSU hospital in Uganda.

Day Eight : Santa Cruz

December 5, 2007

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These eight days visiting the CBM UK projects in Bolivia have passed so quickly and I am sad that today is my last day.

I spent the day with Gonzalo getting all of my notes in order and asking a few last-minute questions that would fill in the gaps in my research. Gonzalo and I had got on so well and he had been the perfect ‘walking guidebook’ for Santa Cruz. We’ve swapped email addresses so that we can keep in touch (I think he wants me to recommend him some good audio books!).

When we got to the airport, I felt sad to be saying my goodbyes and thanked him for helping to make my trip more enjoyable then it needed to be. I reflected on my journey around Bolivia as the plane left the runway and I reminded myself of all the places i’d been fortunate to see and all of the staff and patients that had welcomed me and just how incredible the projects in Trinidad, Riberalta and Santa Cruz were. All of them had left me with a lasting impression of just how dedicated the staff were, and how hard they worked with CBM to treat and support those people who rely on them when faced with living in poverty with blindness or deafness.

Together we achieved this and together we can do more.

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This post was written by Clare Rice

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