As you can tell from our title, we just can’t get enough of Rwanda!! Have a look at some of our highlights from Week 3:
My birthday was fantastic, the team were amazing. They got me a goat as requested (in card form). We had a full day’s work, and then in the evening, dressed to the nines, we headed to a restaurant on Lake Kivu with our local partners and other staff members. We had a great evening, dancing to Congolese music while the lights from homes in the Congo shone down on us. At home, a cake was waiting, and with my mouth full and my guard down, they poured flour all over me!
Each week we have a structured learning morning where a team member shares on a particular topic, and this week, we learned about crimes against humanity. We visited the Rusizi Genocide Memorial with the head of the village, and had the honour of meeting and hearing the story of a genocide survivor.
Our first Sunday in Cyangugu meant our first visit to church – which happened to be a grand ordination service. Although all in Kinyarwanda, everyone was dressed their best and it was lovely to join with the Church community. Afterwards, lunching at Peace Guest House, we found ourselves in our first Rwandan rainstorm – thunder, lightning, and buckets of rain… the works!
We also spent a morning with the Mother’s Union learning how to plait dried banana leaves to be made into hats, which will be sold to raise funds for their work. We may not have been as skilled as the Mother’s Union ladies, but I think we can say we got pretty good by the end!
3 weeks in and I’m still buzzing at the fact that I’m in Rwanda with ICS!! Week 3 has been a week of many firsts for me; I can no longer boast about having never been stung by a wasp because my day finally came on Tuesday.. A merciless wasp stung me whilst I was working in the tree nursery. I’m just glad I survived to tell the tale.
I FINALLY GOT TO WEAR A TEACHER’S COAT (this is legitimately one of the things on my bucket list) when we visited the various schools in our community that we plan to work with during our placement. Personally, being given the opportunity to work on a marketing project for the Peace Guest House has been my favourite part of this week, although it is very challenging, its also incredibly rewarding to know that what we are doing is making a massive difference to many people in the Cyangugu community.
We taught English to eager Peace Guest House Staff. I enjoyed teaching them about the different parts of the body it was also very funny. One evening we hosted a bible study with members of the church and just like true Christians we had cake and tea! 🙂
Team Cyangugu visited the RDIS farm. On this farm, there were animals being reared, like chickens cows and pigs. Boss is a male pig and was given that name because it has a weekly income of 20,000 francs. Also on this farm there are agricultural activities, especially a banana plantation. On this plantation, there is one big bunch of bananas which will weigh 100 kilos when it becomes mature! Briefly, it was amazing.
We also visited Gatovu Village to seek information about Darfur cooking stoves; their advantages and disadvantages. These have diminished the fire wood used by the population by 70%, and diminished the smoke as well. So, there are no serious problems
FUN FACT OF THE WEEK!!
We already knew our team was so blessed but what’s even better is the multi-lingual aspect of our group. Between 5 members, you can regularly hear conversations in 4 different languages; English, French, Swahili and Kinyarwanda.