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Nov 7, 2009 - Arrival Into Kigali, Rwanda

I finally arrived!! I can't believe I am in Rwanda! I would have never thought in my wildest dreams to be here!! It was very dark when I arrived so I couldn't see much other than being surround by rollong hills with tons of tiny lights glistening on the mountains. It was 80 degrees in the city! Kigali has a very small airport and when I walked out of their make-shift customs, I found my driver holding my sign. Abus greeted me! He will be my life and best friend for the next 2 weeks as he will be driving me the entire way up to Uganda and...

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Aug 31, 2009 - Trip home

Sorry I have not updated my blog the last few days. I have been without a computer as the laptop I brought was for a friend here in Rwanda. Once we met up I gave her the computer which left me without. I look forward to sharing my whole experience with each of you the next time we get together. I have been asked by a number of people here in Rwanda what I have learned while I have been here. Initially, I have thought of all the cultural things I have learned while we have been working in the community. I also think of the things I have...

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Aug 26, 2009 - Meeting with Erinestine

Today I will not be with my group from World Vision. I am scheduled to meet with another of our sponsored children with Compassion Canada. I was able to meet with Erinestine and her family last time I was in Rwanda and I look forward to meeting with them again. I call the Compassion office this morning and because I did not call them yesterday to confirm they thought I cancelled. So they are looking for a driver and will call me back. I really hope to still be able to meet with their family, even if it is a bit later today. I will update...

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Aug 25, 2009 - A day on the job site

First day for me on the building site. We met with the builders at the site in the morning and began by moving some of the stones that they will use for the foundation of the house. Notice there is no equipment found anywhere. It would have been a lot easier if there was a bobcat. Once we were told we had moved enough stones we were put on brick making duty. This was interesting. The guys in the pit were making the clay with the dirt, mixing it with grass and water. Once they created the proper consistency they shovelled the mixture out of...

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Aug 24, 2009 - Visited Samuel, Janvier, Benoit, Jeanne D'arc, and Yves

Today was another long day travelling on the "off roads". You know when you are not on a regular vehicle trail when there is only one track through the grass. The funny thing about it is that you get to the "end of the trail" and then you are in a town again. When you are off the paved highways the roads are like dirt roads in Saskatchewan after a heavy rain, times ten, and we are travelling in a Toyota mini bus. Not even a 4x4. I had the pleasure of visiting Samuel and his mother and oldest sister. There are 2 boys and 3 girls in Samuel's...

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Aug 23, 2009 - Akegera Game Park

We got up today at 4:30am to leave for the Akegera Game Park in the North East of Rwanda. It was a 2 hour trip to the park but was worth it. We found a pair of giraffes right inside the park boundary before we even got to the park office. During the day we saw giraffe, zebra, impala, baboons, topi, bachelor eagle, egret, hippos, water buck, fish eagles. It was a long trip but fun. We ate lunch at the hotel in the game park. After eating one of the group noticed a baboon sitting on the peak of the building next to the restaurant. I will post...

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Aug 21, 2009 - More child visits (Oliver and Raissa)

Today got to visit Oliver who is sponsored by my brother's family. Oliver is 7 years old and loves to play football (soccer). Oliver has 3 sisters named Jossiline, Delphine, and Dianne. He is in grade 2 and likes school. His favourite subject is English. Oliver's mom's name is Marie Louise and his dad is Nekubito Wallace. My second visit was with one of my family's sponsored children named Raissa. I met with Raissa and her mom at the school where Raissa attends school. She was very quiet and did not say much. I think she was very nervous so...

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Aug 20, 2009 - A day in the life...

Today we visited a lady named Alice (36) and her daughters Corinna (13) and Angelic (9). A previous World Vision group built her home. The last group purchased her a cow. We were visiting Alice for the morning and doing the chores that her and her daughters have to do on a daily basis. We helped gather grasses for the cow and goats, gather firewood, and digging sweet potatoes for the meal, and the preparing of the meal. Hense the title for the day, "A day in the life". Alice was one of 3 siblings that survived 1994. Her other 6 were killed....

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Aug 19, 2009 - Visit to Health Cooperative in Nyamata

We visited a health cooperative in Nyamata where mothers who are HIV+ are encouraged to attend the cooperative to learn about nutrition and how to prevent transmitting HIV to their new born children. The nutrition focuses on how they can prepare healthly meals using local food. This cooperative also include children who are under-nourished (there are different levels). This cooperative is focused on the most vulnerable to what they train to make to make toys to sell using local materials and to help maintain the Rwanda culture. This helps...

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Aug 18, 2009 - Sponsored Children Visits

This afternoon, I got to visit mom's sponsored child and Eithne's sponsor child (see photos). I got to visit with both of them and take them gifts that were sent from Canada and talk to them about their lives. I do not have the details with me as I forgot my notebook in my room so I will update with more details at a later date. Sorry, but I wanted to let Eithne and mom know I got to visit with their children today and post a couple of photos.

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Aug 18, 2009 - Reconcilliation Association

Today was an emotional day. We did some child visits in the morning and at lunch time we visited with a reconcilliation association group. This is a group of people in Nyamata that were involved in the 1994 Genocide, both perpitrators and victims. We heard two people tell their story. First, Imanuel who participated in the Genocide in Nyamata. He told the story of the days he personally killed, 14, 5, 1 people on different days. One person he left for dead was a lady named Alice. He hit her in the head with a machette and cut her right hand...

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Aug 17, 2009 - First day with World Vision

Today was our first day with World Vision. I did pretty good considering we got in to our room at about 4:30am today and got to bed around 5:30am. We were up at 9:30am and on our way to the World Vision head office in Kigali for the morning. We had a great visit with the staff that takes care of the mail. This was very interesting to learn what process is involved when a sponsor sends an email to their sponsored child. One thing that was interesting was that when a sponsor sends a letter a response letter comes back within 15 days from the...

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