The first three days in Rwanda have been hectic, wonderful, exhausting, crazy, devastating, heartwarming, and about every other adjective you could think of.
We have lost luggage, ran to meet our connecting flights, gotten up early, stayed up too late, eaten incredible food, and met even more incredible people.
We've been to three genocide memorials and all that I can adequately say about them right now in my processing is that they were probably most difficult places I have ever been. The willingness of this country to expose the most horrific acts in order to remember what was lost and ensure a better future is something I have never seen before.
In AFP land we talk a lot about heart stretching, and I feel like my heart is stretching muscles that haven't been stretched in a long time here. It's impossible not to feel, and to feel deeply.
Every person we've met has shown us such kindness and honesty. I think the thing that has stood out to me the most so far is the commitment that the people in this country have to taking care of each other. It certainly feels like something that is lacking in our own country, and to experience it here is like a big belly breath of relief.
I'm sure there are so many more impactful things to come, and I can't wait to feel them as we move forward.
I am a teaching artist and the social media coordinator for The Anne Frank Project, as well as a Buffalo State College alum, with a Bachelors in Theater Arts. I have worked with AFP as a student, intern, and now staff member, and am so proud to be a part of this team. Going to Rwanda is a dream, and I’m most looking forward to being immersed in the rich and amazing story of the country and it’s people.