Monday, 16 July 2007

First impressions from Rwanda

We arrived in Kigali this morning. The countryside is incredibly beautiful from the air, a mosaic of terraced hills. I sat beside a Californian on the plane joining a safari to find chimpanzees and gorillas. First impressions are of a very tidy, well organised city. Helpful, friendly welcoming people.

After a quick briefing and a bite to eat we all disappear off towards our projects only a couple of hours behind the others. The project at the Girubuntu orphanage is so inspiring. In a tiny group of decaying classrooms 80 2 ½ to 6 year olds come for lessons each morning. I meet the teachers and the other volunteers. Together we discuss how to brighten up the old rooms whilst concrete is being mixed for the new classroom. We set about pulling out rusty nails and plastering. I am told the children are really excited about this project. Tomorrow I will meet them.

4 comments:

Praguetory said...

It will be interesting to learn how all these youngsters became orphaned and to what extent family networks usually come into play when kids are orphaned. Best of luck.

Anonymous said...

How do you think they were all orphaned praguetory? Or do you not know any recent rwandan history?

Anonymous said...

Could be a number of reasons including disease, starvation and war.

Based on the kid's ages it would of course have nothing to do with the mass killings related to the Rwandan civil war (90 -93)or genocide (94) if that's the recent Rwandan history to which you refer.

Ellee said...

Vicky, it's wonderful to go on a trip like this where you can keep a difference. I'm delighted you can keep us updated.