Today we got a tour of the hospital and met a lot of the staff. They are mostly Nigerien, which means Josh got to use his French quite a bit of the day. We had lunch at the hospital and one of the guys we were sitting with told Josh he had lost his accent after Josh told him that he grew up in Togo. Josh was kind of disappointed because he thought he meant that he lost his Togolese accent, but the guy said, “You don’t sound American at all. You sound Togolese.” I think it’s safe to say that this made Josh’s day! That and the hot sauce that we had with our lunch today! We were both very excited about that!
I will be putting up more pictures of the hospital, but for now here are some from the short walk we took around the neighborhood that the hospital is in.
There are only a few main roads that are paved. None of the side streets are paved and there is an abundance of trash, especially plastic bags, and bottles everywhere. The hospital is on one of the main roads (that actually just got paved recently), but we walked one block over and were greeted by lots of happy friendly children who escorted us for the rest of our walk!
Our guest house is really nice and comfortable, but just 100 meters away, it’s a totally different world. The poverty is overwhelming and it’s easy to feel guilty that we have so much more, but if I focused on that I would just seclude myself from the outside. I feel grateful that I can be here to get to know the people and build relationships. I want to be able to do whatever I can in terms of helping out at the hospital and hopefully soon, doing some art therapy!