I woke up early and took some breakfast. We went to Kimironko for a final time in Kigali for the market there. I finished up some souvenir buying and saw some friends one more time (we walked around the stalls together since she had to buy groceries) before leaving. Lunch was at a place similar to a Moe's.
I stayed back at the guest house after lunch and went to the church for a little while before we all sat together as a group and talked about the trip so far and reflected.
Before dinner we stopped for a master class at a coffee cooperative for women. It was very interesting to see the complexity coffee has.
When we returned after dinner, I met one more friend and we had a snack and soda before he left to go back home and I to bed.
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.