The Rwanda journey begins – thoughts before departure

Annetta Patrick

Annetta Patrick

ANNETTA PATRICK (Rwanda Traveler): “Pinch me! Am I really traveling to Rwanda this Sunday? My mind is swirling with thoughts and questions. What will it be like? What should I pack? How hot will it be? What should I pack? Am I strong enough – do I possess the endurance needed? What should I pack? Will the people embrace our arrival – will they like me? What should I pack? How will my little family get along without me? What should I pack? ARE WE THERE YET? Well, first I guess I better start packing! Up, up, and away!”

 

 

Jeremy Reineck

Jeremy Reineck

JEREMY REINECK (Rwanda Traveler): “Starting to get really fired up for our trip to Rwanda (commencing in only a few days)! Aside from how amazing it will be to simply share music, love, and hope with people from the opposite side of the globe, the opportunity to meet them with a shared mission–one that is purposeful, individualized, and empowering–is such a meaningful way to connect with them and support them. I’m also looking forward to growing together as individuals and as a group, sharing struggles, laughs, and adventures. This is going to be a true journey!”

 

 

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Karen Stiny

KAREN STINY (WD4H Board): “I have seen the items for Rwanda piling up in Janet’s house over the past two weeks. For it to be packed is no easy task. The excitement is mounting and you can feel it in the air. What an amazing thing humans can do for each other and the world. I’m humbled by our ability to reach out across the globe. I wish all travelers a safe journey!”

 

 

 

 

Katrina Nelson

Katrina Nelson

KATRINA NELSON (Rwanda Traveler): “The reality check is starting to settle on my skin— every morning my body has been waking me up earlier and earlier out of pure excitement! I just re-investigated my passport (for the 30th time) to make sure it truly doesn’t expire for another couple years, and my developed habit of reading and rereading our travel notes over the breakfast table flies under a new gust of energy. Thoughts like I get to meet the people of World Dance’s videos! and We’ll get to dance next to some warrior human beings or I get to live within such a strong, foreign culture! All these thoughts are quickly accompanied by I have no idea what I really got myself into! But thanks to such thorough preparation meetings, I have every idea of what to expect… and yet no idea what’s to come. What a thrilling way to embark on an adventure.”

 

Genevieve Feiner

Genevieve Feiner

GENEVIEVE FEINER (Rwanda Traveler): “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. What a profound privilege it is to be a part of such meaningful work! Murakoze, Janet and Justin, for giving all of us this wonderful opportunity! TUGENDA RWANDA!”

Chantal Kubwimana

Chantal Kubwimana

 

CHANTAL KUBWIMANA (WD4H Rwanda Education Coordinator): “Dear sisters and brothers, am I really meet you again? My mind show how that day is faraway. Your packing, love and hope to Rwandan people make me emotional! God bless you and guide your travel. LOVE YOU!”

 

 

 

 

Juanita Johnson

Juanita Johnson

 

JUANITA JOHNSON (World Dancer): “You will all be in my thoughts as you travel to be with the people in Rwanda who’ve become like family to us all. Know that you take my best wishes for safe travel with you. Africa holds a dear place, having lived there with my family. Please pass on much love to our dear friends there as you travel to see these incredible, resilient communities.”

 

 

Justin Bisengimana

Justin Bisengimana

JUSTIN BISENGIMANA (WD4H Rwanda Program Director): “Indeed, our hands are open wide to receive and hug you, travelers. It feels you are already here. It gonna be such a vibrant experience to be and work with you in our Rwandan communities. They are all looking forward to be with you, to dance together and to celebrate each other. You will enjoy and learn a lot especially you, who will be the newcomers. So much to take back and share with others. We are so much grateful for everyone who contributed to make this possible. You truly know what a true community is:  ‘love and being loved, celebrate and being celebrated in person, face to face.’ We wish you safe travels and journey mercies.”

 

Peter Haslund

Peter Haslund

PETER HASLUND (WD4H Board Chair): “Hopefully, there will be space for me, the ‘spirit-traveler’ – someone who would truly love to come along but can’t! The good news is that I won’t require a ticket and won’t take up much space! And as you race from one cooperative to another on your frenetic schedule, I’ll always be first in line, full of energy! This arrangement has only one major short-coming:  someone will have to give my hugs to Justin, Dany and Chantal.  If more than one of you volunteers, I think that will be OK.  Bon Voyage!”

 

 

Brett Stormoen and mom Olga Herrera Pinal

Olga Herrera Pinal & son Brett Stormoen

OLGA HERRERA PINAL (Rwanda Traveler): “The World Dance for Humanity Organization is like a pebble that has created a ripple in the pond, and they radiate their circles of goodness globally. I feel so blessed to be included in the Rwanda Trip with Janet, Justin and this extraordinary group.  I believe we are all connected as one people and here is my opportunity to stand side by side in solidarity with the survivors of Rwanda. What an honor I feel to share myself in this circle of developing friendships.  My heart and mind are open to receive the energy of love, to see new visions that we can all live together in harmony.  I look forward to celebrating with the communities in Rwanda through the universal language of music and dance. Together we will dance step by step towards a harmonious world.”

 

One Response to The Rwanda journey begins – thoughts before departure

  1. Arlene Satterlee June 26, 2016 at 5:49 am #

    Happy, wild, and productive trails to all, spreading the harmonies of your voices, bodies and generous spirits.
    I’m eager for every inspiring detail! of your work and play.

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