11 June 2019
Today we met with the Mayor of Muhanga and she was really nice and more humble and helpful than I expected. I thought with her being the mayor she would be to busy to go out in the neighborhood to lend a hand but nope. She proves that work can't get in the way of helping your community if you join them. I was in the group to make cement for a house it was for. Now I'll be completely honest the cement had cow dung in it and it smelled very bad and I was really not trying to touch anything because I thought I would rub my eye or my hair, anything. But I got over it and helped out a bit with the making of the cement and using the shovel to move it to the people putting it on the house. There we children there that took my mind off the whole thing even the smell surprisingly. After that we went to give two cows away to a family there. I was honored to bless one of the cows. It was a really nice ceremony and everyone was really nice. If I were to come back and do the community service again I would like to see my options beforehand. Kind of a germaphobe.
After the cow was blessed and the ceremony was over, we went back to the hotel to have lunch and to exchange gifts with the Mayor. Our Mayor from Buffalo, NY got Muhanga's Mayor a glass figurine of the city of Buffalo. The mayor gifted the girls with convertible bags and the boys paintings. I had a wonderful time with the Mayor and how to see her again in the near future.
My name is Janae' Leonard and I'm a senior Theatre major at Buffalo State. Since I was a little girl I always dreamed of traveling and seeing the world. The one place where I dreamed of going was to Africa. The motherland, the place where life started. I want to go to Rwanda to experience different cultures, hear stories, and learn how to not only love myself but how to give and show love to others in different ways. I want to show people in Rwanda that they matter and their stories matter. It took me a while to understand that I mattered and that my story matters and so I want to show what I learned and express it through love. I plan to go to Rwanda open minded and open hearted. I want to take in as much as I can and bring it back home with me where I can share everything I learned and felt through story, song, acting and other mediums.