Rwanda June 2016

In June 2016, we visited Rwanda again for VRUK. This time we took a couple of friends, Steve and Sue Jackson who wanted to visit Rwanda and see the gorillas but also wanted to have a closer look at VRUK projects. We had a lot to do in a very short time but it was great to meet up with Theogene and Gabriel in Kigali and then have some help with the shopping when we reached Kibuye

We had a long list.... 

Kibuye market. 

Kibuye market. 

And some large items to buy.

Negotiating the mattress price. 

Negotiating the mattress price. 

Before loading everything onto our boat for Gasundwe. 

The boat arrives..... 

The boat arrives..... 

Our jobs during our  6 day stay were fairly straightforward. We needed to, promote development identified in our annual plan 2015/16 and identify areas for next years plan, investigate and discuss potential income generation projects, check on progress of the Children's Centre building, strengthen GiFo and follow up health links and make sure legal issues around ownership and registration were completed. Not much time for relaxation....

 

Seeing the new Children's Centre for the first time was really exciting! 

 

It's so big!  Mostly finished but work to do inside and to the grounds. Also a new bio composting latrine is needed.

It's so big!  Mostly finished but work to do inside and to the grounds. Also a new bio composting latrine is needed.

The building is already being used for early years education. 

Headteacher Gabriel helps the children with their singing games. 

Headteacher Gabriel helps the children with their singing games. 

We met with the women's cooperative to consider income generation projects. 

Many women turned up and a few men and children too with many ideas. We need funding to set them going.

Many women turned up and a few men and children too with many ideas. We need funding to set them going.

We went to church and were able to speak with the congregation about VRUK and Gihombo Forward and met with the chief of the village, Elise. We were given a chicken as a gift which was a great honour.

Darryl weighs up the chicken. Thank you Elise! 

Darryl weighs up the chicken. Thank you Elise! 

We visited Kibingo School to see their health centre and made other, potentially useful links but we really need more development for health in Gasundwe. The local health workers do a good job but they are not funded. 

Finally and all too quickly, it was time to say goodbye to our friends there, until 2017 when we will visit again. So sorry this blog is a bit short.......technical problems, now sorted out fortunately, so look out for a longer one next time!

 

I think Thoegene took this as he isn't on! From left to right, Silas, Sue, Steve, Elise, Darryl, Lynne and Esperance with Alphonse kneeling down. We're waiting to get onto the boat for Mugonero. 

I think Thoegene took this as he isn't on! From left to right, Silas, Sue, Steve, Elise, Darryl, Lynne and Esperance with Alphonse kneeling down. We're waiting to get onto the boat for Mugonero.