Such a quick blog after the last I hear you say - but thought that a few snappy snaps of Rwanda might be enjoyed!
|The view from our room in Kigali|
We've spent most of our time in Kigali - we have enjoyed seeing the city with all its rolling hills - its quite a large city which has meant that we've taken lots of taxi-motos - these are motorbikes that cheaply take you anywhere in the city! Slightly terrifying with many close shaves, high speed chases (when my bike was trying to catch up with Tim's) and interesting weaving tactics through traffic. We've lived to tell the tale, so parentals, don't worry :)
|Kigali version of The AA|
Anyway, we went up an hour north of Kigali to Byuma and went to visit her dream of a project. She's setting up an ecolodge on a wetlands near where she lives. She wants to help the wetlands as a portion of the money would be going to the conservation of it, it will encourage employment for the local community and just to show visitors how beautiful the Rwandan country side is too! It was a real treat to see her vision.
|More of Rwandan beauty|
|Fascination from the kids. Just wait until there's an ecolodge there!|
That'll be truly interesting!
|More amazement as David shows them pictures of themselves on the iPad!|
|Showing us his 'skiiiillllls'|
|Meg is in the middle of the back row and David is on the left.|
Our trip in a local canoe around the wetlands.
|Young boys basket fishing for catfish to sell|
|One of the birds we saw - apologies to Meg who really tried hard at teaching us the names!|
|Pelican plus another bird...|
|Pelicans putting on a show!|
|Tim wanted to know if you could stand on the wetland...et voila, we were shown!|
On our last day here we had the pleasure of having a very British cup of tea with cup and saucer and all with Mimi - Olivia's aunt who is setting up an opportunity to teach deaf people to sew (surprisingly not that dissimilar to what we were doing in Tanzania!). Even though she's from the US, she pulled out all the stops with Tetley teabags and banana bread. We loved our morning with her learning about what her vision the sewing and just blessing us muchly with her words of wisdom of being brought up a missionary kid in the Congo!
And for lunch we met with a fellow student of Ben and Katy's from All Nations (a missions training college) called Manassah. He shared with us his endeavours of trying to introduce the concept of youth-work into Rwandan churches. He also shared with us his whole family's amazing story of survival during the genocide when prayer was what saved them every time the next threat was upon them. Such an amazing testimony of God's faithfulness in amongst atrocity.
So from here we move to Uganda - again some projects, some learning and maybe some fun (but, shhhh, don't tell anyone we're actually chillaxing sometimes!)
Tic Toc xxx