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musings on our life of travel and volunteering

Farewelling Athena

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One of the things that is becoming clear to us, is the transitory nature of folks in development work.  People come to volunteer, or work for an NGO for usually a short term;  3 months, 6 months, 1 or 2 years.  So there is pretty much a swinging door policy around friends;  saying good-bye is always difficult, but is a regular occurrence.

Recently one of our fellow volunteers in Tamale has left to go back to her home in the Philippines.  Dear Athena was a good friend; she and Shirley would regularly come around on the weekend, and we would cook up a storm.  The social opportunities in Tamale are not great, so instead we indulge in “home entertainment”.

Anyhow, Athena had a going away party at her house, where neighbours and friends gathered to say goodbye.  A few of the shots of some fun times with Athena are here.  It is a good reminder that friendship is precious, and we are certainly going to miss you Athena!


Written by Mar(k)

May 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm

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