By: Shelley Sumar

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” As my days in the East African tundra trickle away, this famous English idiom has me thinking. If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, what would the 857 pictures that our team took over 3 weeks say? For those of you that quickly did the math, the pictures would say 857 000 words. According to Google, this is an impossibility. The English language has only 171 476 words in use. Even if I use all the possible words 5 times over, I still would not have enough words to tell the story that the pictures show. Therefore, what I am trying to say is that I have no words to describe my time spent with inspirational individuals who tirelessly seek to better the lives of children with special needs and be the voice of those who can’t speak for themselves. I do not have enough words to describe the growth, the knowledge, the happiness and the hardships faced during the trainings, sessions, music classes, excursions and team meetings. The only words I have left to say are these: 

Travel isn’t always pretty, it isn’t always comfortable and sometimes it may even seem scary. But that’s okay because travelling is a journey and the journey changes you, it is supposed to! Travel leaves warmth in your soul, marks on your body, mystery in your heart and endless memories in your mind. I take all this with me, changed. I will never be the same having witnessed and worked with the children, staff and team members on the other side of the world. The only thing to hope for now is that we’ve left something just as remarkable behind. These are my final words of the 171 476 that I could have used and my bittersweet farewell to an adventure that will follow me home. Goodbye Kenya, a piece of our hearts will stay with you.