So on Monday, we visited a place called Kayonza. We had a tour of a school, where children who aren’t sponsored, but go to the school share a dormatory of up to 90 kids at a time.
each day, they have to wash their clothes for school the next day, plus their shoes, and ensure that everything is in pplace in their houses.
we had lunch with some members of the choir, and after lunch, the choir did a short performance for us.
As well as visiting the school, we also visited a lake, which looked amazing the team said.
the President of Rwanda had a lodge there, and we were able to enjoy a drink in some very tranquil surroundings.
On our way back to where we were staying, People wanted some last minute shopping, which we had time for, and then it was time to return, and start packing.
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So very much a mixed weekend. Saturday morning was the monthly gathering for some of the Rwanda child sponsor kids, known as a centre day!!
Great morning where they have games, food, and this time pctures for up and coming christmas cards for sponsors!
It was great to spend some time with my sponsor child again, and he had worked out that iw as blind, as he came up and straight away put his arm around me!!!
We gave him presents, and he seemed really happy to see us.
Centre day alwasy seems to be a blessing for those kids who are sponsored, an for those who sponsors rememeber them, as they receive letters, gifts, as well as having a full and proper meal.
most of the rest of day was spent shopping, in Rwandan markets, and shops, which were all amazing, and fully of local local lovely stuff!...Read More
So just before dinner yesterday, thursday, once the luggage had arrived, we got all the shoes out, and one of the cooks where we are staying saw this, and we managed to get her some shoes, i have never seen a reaction over receiving a pair of shoes like, this, arms in the air, dancing, smiles, squeals of excitement and elight, it really was truly something to behold!!!
Today we did 6 home visits!! what a day so many stories, so many lives struggling, and yet so overjoyed to see us, to receive us in their houses, really does bring a whole new meaning to blessing, hope, love, and so many other words!!!
Such small houses, that hardly anyone could fit in them, people struggling to work, not able to pay rent, even when in our understanding of rent it is so small, like 3 or 5 pounds a month.
Thursday, saw the beginning of the day with the girls of the team having their nails done!!! surprise surprise, the blokes didn’t want theirs done!!! But i know one of the dads who would have been straight in there if he was here!!!!
These girls are brought in to be trained in beauty theropy so they have some knd of trade for later life, as well as having Bible study.
They are an amazing group fo girls, and are learning so much!!
After that we did 2 more home visits!!! doesn’t get any easier as the week goes on but it is so important hearing the stories of people’s lives!!!
One story from this morning, where a young lad was brought up by his Gran because, his dad ran away when he found out that his mum was pregnant, and then his mum ran away when he was little!!!
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So, yesterday, Wednesday, a day in Bugesera, an amazing place full of just simple, pure amazing people.
Arriving there we met the Child Development officer, Sam, who told us about Bugesera. a place where the Tutsi’s were gathered and murdered before and during the genoside.
We looked around the school, and then went on some home visits, stories of power, sturggle, and bringing reality to our own lives:
1: a mum who had been beaten by her secodn husband because she asked him to go for treatment as she and her daughter was HIV. her first husband died of HIV already!! she also had to work all day in the fields, for 50p, while her daughter has to leave the house at5.30 am to go to school, and doesn’t eat or drink befor egoing to school.
2: 75 year old man still having to work the land for 50p...Read More
So due to the original mix up of flights at the weekend the progamme for our time in Rwanda had been adjusted.
Today, Tuesday, we went on safari, and this was a great experience for the team.
Getting out of the bus for upclose pics with hypo’s and gerraf’s were a pictural highlight, plus an area that anounced itself as a picnic area, but was simply an open clear with s sign that says picnic area!!!!
It was a long day, but with loads of pics, promises to be quite a highlight for people back home.
And now the update about our luggage!!!!
It didn’t arrive today!!! Which was met with some frustration amongst parts of the team!!!!
Qatar and Rwanda Air blamed each other, but in essence it all seems to stem from the fact that our bags weren’t labelled by Qatar and sent on by Qatar to Dubai!!!
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So after the amazing generosity of another team here in Rwanda, we at least had a clean top for each of us today, as our luggage was meant to turn up today!!! But guess what it didn’t!!! And we found out that it hadn’t even got to Dubai, it was still in Doha!!! So despite being promised by Qatar that our bags would be checked through all the way to Kigali, they obviously weren’t!!! This has meant that we have had to buy certain clothing for the team, but also borrow some more from others!!! The team are in very good spirit and taking this news well!!!!
This morning we visited a memorial museum, which gave a great understanding to Rwandan history. Right from colonial time, to the present, lots of facts, stories, and info for the team to look at!!!
From our time this morning, there is cle...Read More
So despite traffic hold ups, we got to Manchester Aiport in plenty of time, only to be told that our connecting flight from Qatar to Rwanda on the Sunday morning had been cancilled an we had been transferred to another flight on the monday morning.
Obviously we tackled this as we did not want to spend a whole day in Qatar!!!!
We got on the plane anyway at Manchester having phoned our travel agent, plus Cat in Rwanda about our schedual.
During our flight, we were informed that Qatar had made new arrangements for us, and we would be met at Qatar, put on a plane to Dubai, and then transferred to Rwanda Air, from Dubai to Rwanda.
this new option worked well, infact really well, and we even tried to phone from the flight to let Cat know what was happening!!! which sadly didn’t work!!!!
Sadly on...Read More
So Saturday 2nd August sees 9 of us leaving for Rwanda. for and idea of all that we are doing, please read below:
2 August: We fly from Manchester;
3 August: We arrive in Kigali Rwanda and have our orientation;
4 August: Visit to Rwanda memorial museum in morning, then time with sponsor children in the afternoon;
5 August: Bugesera for the day, painting a school, plus giving out gifts of hope to families, including goats and food;
6 August; same as 5 August;
7 August: visit centre in morning where girls are taught and learn a trade in various beauty theropies. Then visit project in afternoon with tutorial group of lads;
8 August: Day safari;
9 August: morning with sponsor children, afternoon at local Rwandan market;
10 August: attend local Church in morning, visit football academy in the a...