Dogs barking woke me up. I slept quite well last night. While watching the news this morning, I would not help but notice the amount of public health tips that kept popping up. I wonder if they were put into Kinyarwanda would they have more reach? But nonetheless it is good to see while watching the news.
The training today went so well. Travis and I were teamed up with the English teachers. It was exhausting, but we had such great connections and our sketch we created was so much fun. I am excited to work with them tomorrow and have them teach us a lesson as they would children. I cannot wait to see what we will learn! We all share lunch together and it was great to connect with the teachers and the children that joined us.
Once training was completed, we went and had a tour of the Urukundo grounds and then dinner with the children and staff. Govith, one of the farmers, taught me how to open passion fruit with my hands and gave me a lesson on farm animal names. It was such a delight to sit with him.
Devotion had some new songs- I will have to record them to bring back. It is just so pure and wholesome.
And now we are at the hotel to blog and wind down before tomorrow. Some of us are meeting to go to church at 7am so I need to be up for that.
I am honored to have been given this opportunity to go to Rwanda and look forward to growing from this experience, both professionally and personally. The Great Lakes region in Africa is of great interest to me, especially as a resident of the Great Lakes region in the United States. I currently work as a refugee resettlement case worker at a local agency in Buffalo. Conflict resolution and community building are two topics that are crucial in my work, and I am eager to both share my stories on those subjects and learn from the stories of others. Ultimately, through our collective stories, I hope to witness and engage in the solidarity that has developed in Rwanda since the mid-nineties. My hope is to bring that knowledge back to my work in Buffalo. The lessons learned can then be put into action by aiding in the development of programs that will have a positive effect on the families and communities that I serve.