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Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali January 16th 2010

Today was a “down” day since I did not have tons of meetings and tons of information fed to me through a fire house. Breakfast was great - thick breakfast tortillas (I forget the Rwandese word) and an egg scramble with coffee, etc. I did not have to rush off, so I was able to get ready leisurely today. The first stop today was the genocide memorial. Simon had a meeting last night with some missionaries in Kigali and spent the night there. I am not sure how he pulled together a meeting last minute. He was planning to return to Gisenyi yesterday afternoon, but did not realize that we had a full day planned for us. He went with the flow like it was nothing and managed to plan a meeting and a place to ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali January 15th 2010

AAAUUUMMMMMMMM… So today was supposed to start early, we were supposed to have breakfast at 7:15 and then leave the guest house at 7:40 to get to the “Dream Center” to meet with Pastor Charles from Africa New Life Ministries. Well we had morning worship and that did not end until close to 7:40 and then we had breakfast. We did not leave until after 8:00 (?8:30) and did not get to the Dream Center until almost 9:00. Pastor Charles accused us Muzungus of being on African time. The meeting was very informative on many fronts. Of course, as keeping with the theme of this trip, I found out that there are more hoops to jump through to get approval to practice medicine in this country. You medical types, I will get in touch with you ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali January 15th 2010

Having shivered my way into the airport at Heathrow, not having brought a coat as i was pretty sure i wouldn't need one out here, i joined the 1000s of people waiting at the airport due to delayed or cancelled flights. Although we sat on the runway for a couple of hours, thanks to the french and their air traffic strikes, we did leave and made it to Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia and then on to Entebbe in Uganda to drop off some passengers and then eventually arrived in Kigali. On arrival all non-biodegradable plastic bags are confiscated and it shows, the streets are not littered with bags in the gutters and are generally clean. I'm liking this environmentally friendly attitude already. I was collected from the airport and driven down Africa's crazy roads, people just ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali January 14th 2010

Today started with my last bucket shower (I think!) - too much cold water in my mix today. Breakfast was an egg scramble (onions, tomatoes, and several eggs) the size of a 10 inch skillet with bread, jam, and tea. Then we were off to the Ndengera center where we videotaped the adoptive parents of several of the orphans. Actually this was done by Pastor Simon’s “cameraman” while we talked about the chapel and school. Simon would like us to build the chapel when we come so that they can use this for the students, but also try to rent it out as a meeting facility, or for weddings. This would generate income for the orphans, and possibly help complete more classrooms sooner. I now have a better idea of what the vision is for the ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali January 10th 2010

Christmas was our first holiday ever away from family. We substituted great friends. On Christmas Eve, we went to a small holiday party where we partook in eggnog, hor d'oeurves, and homemade ice cream (Jennifer) and pecan pie. We watched The Grinch and then White Christmas. On Christmas day, Jennifer baked a yule log aka buche de noel, and it came out right on the second try. We headed over to Alex's boss' house for a multi-course dinner that took up most of the late afternoon. We had guacamole, turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, a bunch of vegetables, and for dessert we had chocolate mousse, pumpkin pie, and the yule log. Afterwards, we played Taboo and Apples to Apples. New Year's week featured Alex and Jenn finally getting their house ready for guests. We invited ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali November 16th 2009

Apologies to all for the delay in getting this up. Internet issues in the information hub of Eastern Africa.... The team is made up of the three CWB trustees, Andy Hobbs, Chris Kangis, Ed Williams, returnees Paul Daniels and Nick “locals” Lowles, and new volunteers, Dan Taylor, Josh Wheatley, Jeremy Knott, Sandy Janju and David Fitt and Australian Scott Keown. Day 1: 6 November 2009 Despite the team’s rather liberal attitude to the 20.30 boarding time, causing a panicked 10 minute run to terminal 20, the third CWB trip to Rwanda took to the skies on the Virgin 21.15 flight to Nairobi. In theory with a scheduled 3 hour wait in Nairobi. Uppermost in all of our minds flying over the Sahara was whether we would ever see our baggage again, including two large bags of ... read more
A story of the genocide
Kigali's Main Ground
Andre delivering AIDS awareness message

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali November 14th 2009

Life or death. It was as simple as that. In 1932, the Belgian colonial authorities confirmed the divisions they were already using to their advantage in the population of Ruanda-Urundi by differentiating the “haves” and the “have-nots”, the old “divide-and-conquer” chapter of colonial governance. The result, for each person, was irrevocably set out in his or her identity card, and this assessment would apply to his or her successors ad infinitum. The words “Hutu” and “Tutsi” derive from the names of the peoples who colonised this part of Africa, 1,000-1,600 and 300-700 years ago, respectively, the Bahutu people of the Bantu race and the Watutsi people of the Hamitic race. But, immediately prior to European colonisation towards the end of the nineteenth century, the terms appear to have been used more often as socio-economic delineations, cutting ... read more
such tragically aposite names
Genocide Memorial at the National University of Rwanda
Kigali Memorial Centre

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali November 12th 2009

Greetings from Rwanda! All is well here and I am fine. My work is going well and I am actually ahead of schedule. I’ve had some great meetings so far with another one scheduled for Friday afternoon. Friday evening there’s a dinner party at Jennifer’s house. There are five Americans visiting Rwanda at the moment so we’re having a get together. I’ll meet more co-workers from North Carolina that I haven’t yet met there here. My first day here, I gave three bags of candy to the receptionist. They are big fans of chocolate here and all US visitors bring different selections. Taking advantage of post-Halloween sales, I brought big bags of M&Ms, Hershey bars, and Snickers. Not long after I gave the candy to the receptionist, one of the house staff brought around a neatly ... read more
H1N1 Warning Poster
Hotel Room
View from Hotel Balcony

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali November 7th 2009

I'm here! I safely arrived in one piece with all my luggage right on schedule! I cleared Immigration, the Swine Flu Inspectors, and Customs with no problem. There was a driver waiting for me with another woman from my office whom I had never met, but who was on all of my same flights (except she flew business class). She's very nice and I should see her at the office here during the next week. This is my second trip to Rwanda and the second time I have met someone from the North Carolina office here that I had not yet met back home. I am now settled in my hotel room - yes, you read that correctly! I have a hotel room with a large balcony and high speed internet! There's not a cat in ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali November 2nd 2009

Here are some details about our relatively mundane Saturday... We started off grocery shopping at Nakumat, a Kenyan supermarket chain, located in a downtown shopping mall. Upon entering the parking lot, you pull up to a parking ticket machine where someone is standing and they push the button for you and then hand write the (military) time on your ticket. Next, you pull into a parking garage, which is normal except for the armed guards. We were looking for an electric tea kettle for our security guard because it gets chilly (65 degrees) here at night. Upon closer inspection, most of the kettles had British-style plugs, and the only model that had a plug that would work here was $100. The purchase was postponed for Next up...milk. Milk is available in small, wax-coated cardboard boxes ... read more

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