Having been home for only two days, I am still re-adjusting. It's like waking from a dream. But I wouldn't have missed this opportunity to visit the Village Rwanda UK project for the world....
Before I left the village, I had a final tour of the almost completed school building.
Whilst work goes on at the school, life goes on at the guesthouse.
Wednesday is market day, so some of us went to get the weeks' supplies. Taking the market boat to Moganero, we met people from the whole area with produce to sell and time to catch up with friends and the weeks events.
But the best part of the week was the Parents' Meeting at 7am on my last morning in the village. Around 50 mothers (some nursing babies) and villagers met in the community room of the new school building, perched on piles of sand or stones, to hear the plans for education, health and hygiene and small business enterprises. They were eager to know what was planned and how they could be involved.
The meeting ended with an air of great anticipation. And I left for home, feeling privileged to have been part of it all.
There is still a great deal to do in Gadundwe, but the project has increasing momentum. People in surrounding villages are wanting to know how they can benefit from the changes. The officials from the Sector want to visit to see for themselves.
Tricia, there for another 2 weeks, is really hoping to be able help Gabriel, our teacher, move from the temporary classroom in the church to the new school building before she leaves.
The story continues.....