Rwanda Trip Blog 2016

Day 9: Kungabu Cooperative

July 7: Kungabu (Fish Farmers) Cooperative Our time at Peace Guest House came to an end. The van is once again filled to overflowing with an luggage backpacks, food and the drums. We headed out after a fortifying breakfast and were on the road before 9:00am. The 90 minute drive took us on rough roads through rolling […]

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Day 4: Never Again Co-ops, Icyerecyezo, and Nyamirama Secondary School

July 2: NEVER AGAIN CO-OPS – Abaharaniramahoro “Those Who Strive for Peace”; Inyabutatusabana “Three Peoples Unite”; Ruganeheza “Taking the Nation to a Better Future”; Twiyubake “Let Us Build Ourselves”; Twisungane “Supporting Each Other” We started off the day by visiting Twisungane’s gorgeous new land, donated by a World Dance supporter, located just beyond rows and rows of […]

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Day 3: Tubehotwese Cooperative

(So sorry for the delay in Blog updates – we have been without internet since last Friday!) July 1: Tubehotwese “Let Us All Live” Cooperative We departed Kigali bright and early Friday morning and headed east to the Kayonza District. The drive was beautiful, taking us up and over a few of Rwanda’s one thousand hills. Two hours […]

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Day 2: Komera (“Courage”) and Umunezero (“Joy”) Cooperatives

June 30th: Today started at 7:00am with a fulfilling breakfast from our hosts from our Beausejour hosts. By 8:00am, we were dividing up the never-ending but thought donations to go to today’s cooperatives. At 10:00am, Justin arrived in a new van (the large bus we rented for the airport pick up and previous day was returned) that ended up being […]

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Day 1 in the Field: Kigali Co-ops

June 29th: Today, our itinerary included visiting 3 of the Kigali co-ops: Cokawi, Abadacogora, and Murindi. The early morning was spent preparing for the day by showering off any remaining jet-lag, indulging in a delicious breakfast buffet, and sorting the rest of the luggage full of gifts and supplies for the co-ops we’d visit today. We […]

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Traveling to Rwanda

June 26, 2016 at 11:00am: After a jam-packed morning full of packing, re-packing, weighing bags, and attempting to keep our excitement at an appropriate level, 9 of the 11 travelers piled into the 10-man Van (along with 36 suitcases) and departed Janet’s house. Annetta, Brett, Bryan, Fran, Genevieve, Janet, Jeremy, Katrina, and Olga bid farewell to friends […]

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The Rwanda journey begins – thoughts before departure

“An anthropologist, an English teacher, a cook, a writer, a traveler, a lawyer, a tennis player, a photographer, a surfer, an urban farmer, and a firefighter all board a plane to Rwanda… This is the beginning of an extraordinary journey full of heart, soul, and service to humanity – commencing in 4 days! The deep love and support we will bring with us into these Rwandan communities will join together with their open arms and vibrant celebration to create one giant lovefest! There will be so much to learn, so much to witness, so much to celebrate, and so many to embrace in the land of one thousand hills.” (Click “Subscribe” on this page to follow the journey!)

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Wednesday, June 22 – Pack Party #1

“This is really happening! Today we packed some of the many donations that we will be bringing with us on our adventure: from soccer balls to school supplies, frisbees to fancy socks, T-shirts to toothbrushes! We are each allowed 2 checked bags, and those will be filled to the max with gifts for the 7500 people that we support. It will be amazing to meet each of these individuals face to face. Their story is sad, but they are rising up out of the ashes to build stronger communities, while striving to overcome extreme poverty and limited resources. I am humbled by their strength against such adversity. Can’t wait to get there, and hit the ground dancing.”

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