Heading Home

On Wednesday, we began in St. Louis, Senegal, moved onto Dakar and by Thursday morning, I was back in New York. A real whirlwind for sure. It started when we left St. Louis on Wednesday morning in our two vans and worked our way back to Dakar.

Our excellent drivers

This time, the luggage stayed in the car but as we drove along, we saw roof racks packed with all sorts of things.

I don’t know what the goats thought of their vantage point.

As we left the cities in Senegal and drove by the villages, we could see that there is not very much there. It is mostly huts on the side of the road, some of them selling vegetables and fruit, others selling peanuts (they are from Senegal). You see many horses hauling carts laden with all sorts of things inside of them. As a horse person, it made me sad to see that many of the horses were skinny and many were lame. I am not sure how the lives of these horses can be changed. They are a needed part of the work system in Senegal. Very few people can afford cars or trucks so the horse and donkeys fill in. That being said, not all horses were in bad shape. We did take a carriage ride with a horse named Michael Jackson. He goes as Michael for short. It was good to see that he was both well fed, not lame and had a fancy head of hair. He did not wear a white glove.

A horse hauling a huge load.
Michael Jackson – a little more fancy than your average cart horse

At the end of the day, we arrived in Dakar at a hotel near the airport. Five of us left to head home and on Thursday, Maggie and Pat left with the team from Atila to the Gambia for another screening and training.

Arriving back in Dakar

It was a great trip. I feel lucky that I got a glimpse into the lives of those who live in Senegal. I have a more detailed understanding of the work of GoDocGo and Le Korsa. Le Korsa is an NGO that works to improve lives in Senegal through health care, education, agriculture, and the arts and GoDocGo works with them while we are in Senegal.

For me, it was an incredible opportunity to be able to go into the hospitals and meet the doctors, mid-wives and the patients. It was inspiring to see all that has been done to move the mission of GoDocGo forward. Maggie Carpenter has created something that there is a critical need for not only in Africa but around the world. Now she is not seeing through her vision and making it come to life. She is really the go in GoDocGo.

The GoDocGo and Le Korsa contingent in Senegal, 2019
For GoDocGo we had, Pat Bacon, GoDocGo program director, Julie Stevenson, GoDocGo board member and traveling blogger. Dr., Kristen Austin, OBGYN doctor, Dr. Becky Scott, pediatrician and GoDocGo board member, Mickey Rittman, nurse practitioner, Amy Sherman, nurse and Dr. Maggie Carpenter, director of GoDocGo.

Thanks for following along. It was a lot of fun to have the time to take pictures and write what I was seeing. Stay tuned for the next adventure!!

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