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Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali August 2nd 2011

This time we had some variety in our daily routine and had to take the bus to Muhanga first before working there. Anita was late again and told us she didn't even have time to eat something, so I gave her my awesome waffles I purchased the day before. Once we got to muhanga we went to see Epiphanie, a woman whom GO already built a house and now it was our task to make her a homegarden. Epiphanie hat to work as a prostitiute after the genocide to be able to provide for her family. She was infected with HIV which she passed onto her three daughters. She was very happy about the new garden and the goat she got from Anita. After the homegarden was done the guy who was working with us suddenly ... read more
The kids from the neighborhood watching mzungus at work
Epiphanie and her homegarden
Epiphanie's house

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali » Kigali August 1st 2011

As usually our day started early since the volume of African tunes reached us at 7 o'clock. We got up and went to get some breakfast. This time we had some awesome (extremely dry) waffles... Nellie asked Jerome if she could get some plain bread. He said yes, but didn't put too much effort into actually getting her some. Well, I guess he just doesn't lover her. Poor Nellie had to go out on the street and get her breakfast herself. Since Anita was running late again, Nellie and I played some rounds of our favorite game and then went to go pick her up at the bus stop. We again took motos to the project and this time were making mud bricks. My "fiancé" was there again, but unfortunately he was working in a different ... read more
Getting the clay ready
Afrika 430
the landscape

Zoveel mooie landen op aarde en soms zijn er van die landen, waar je nog maar net bent en het zo fantastisch aanvoelt. Ik had geen idee wat ik van Rwanda moest verwachten, maar dit was zo'n land. Superschoon, mooi landschap en heel warme mensen. En dat terwijl hier in 1994 die vreselijk genocide plaatsvond. Nog dagelijks komen er lijken bovendrijven en vinden er begravenissen plaats van Tutsi's of Hutu's, die op enige manier zich inzetten voor Tutsi's. De verhalen over de genocide zijn verschrikkelijk, vooral daar waar kinderen die eerst als vriendjes met elkaar speelden de opdracht kregen om de andere te vermoorden. Vrijwel iedereen is hier geraakt door de genocide en vandaag de dag is het hier dan ook een 'misdaad' om iemand te vragen of hij of zij een Hutu of Tutsi is. ... read more
Golden Monkey
Onze groep
vulkaan Visoke

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali July 31st 2011

Today Nellie and I again got to enjoy a wonderful bucket shower in the morning. We had some tea and dry bread for breakfast and played some Skip-Bo until noon. Then we left to go to the bus station to get our bus to Kigali. There was a little kid staring at us (we got used to be stared at), but suddenly she came up to us and touched me. Just to make sure I was real. Whenever that happened it made me laugh, so I hope Africans don't think touching a Mzungu always makes them laugh. We got on the bus and once again I was amazed by the beauty of this country. Usually I hate buses, but I didn't mind the 1 hour bus rides between Kigali and Muhanga. One of the passengers started ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Province de L'Ouest July 30th 2011

Oh beloved Africa! There's a new surprise waiting for us every day. This morning my alarm was Emile, one of the employees we met the night before. He was calling at 8am to ask about our plans. Really?! 8am on a saturday? Geez! After just laying around til 10 o'clock we finally decided to get up. One of the employees got us some tea and samosas. We talked to Jaqueline the manager of the motel and she told us every last saturday of the month Rwandans got together and volunteered. They then gathered to build new streets, fix houses etc. That's a pretty cool idea, but I don't think it would work out in a western country, cause people there are always busy. The stores opened at 2pm and Nellie and decided to go for a ... read more

Africa » Rwanda » Province de L'Ouest July 29th 2011

We thought we were able to escape from all the noises in the morning in Uganda, but no.. Rwanda has a lot to offer, too. It started to rain during the night and because all the roofs were made of coorugated steel the rain got the opportunity to be even louder than necessary. I was awake since 5am... At 8am a girl brought us some warm water as promised since we didn't have any in our room. She brought two jerrycans, but didn't understand we needed some kind of cup so we could do a bucket shower. Well, necessity is the mother of invention: We used an empty Fanta bottle. After our showers the next surprise was waiting: We got African tea from a thermos jug and two dry rolls. Woohoo! Everything I need for the ... read more
This is the owner of the house we helped building. Her name is Dafroze.
The house again
On the left you see Dafroze's daughter and some other kids

Africa » Rwanda » Province de L'Ouest July 28th 2011

As a start we were woken up at 3: 30 am by some people returning to the hotel and not seeing the point of being quiet for the other guests. We got up at 7am since Yves wanted to pick us up at 8am. We forgot there was a time change, so were standing in front of the hotel already at 7am rwandan time. And since something got in Yves way he picked us up at quarter to 9. We spent the first morning in Rwanda in front of a hotel, awesome! We then went to some other bank to see if Nellie could get some money. On our way we met Anita for the first time who then went to Muhanga, the place where the project is. While Nellie was spending an eternity at the ... read more
The view out the window
view out the window
risky job!

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali July 27th 2011

We said goodbye to all the people at the farm, hugged each other and took some pictures. Then we left to go to Masaka where Nellie and I would be picked up by the bus from Kampala and go to Kigali. While waiting at the gas station I spotted a banner advertising a bus company. It said: "Kampala Coach: Kampala- South Africa- A once in a lifetime experience." Oh yeah, I believe that. I mean who is stupid enough to do that trip twice? When we got on the bus we tried to reach Anita in Kigali to tell her what time we would arrive. Unfortunately it seemed like she wasn't understanding what we were saying and we couldn't reach the other guy, Yves. So we called Peter asking him to talk to someone telling them ... read more

Africa » Rwanda July 19th 2011

After 10 whirlwind days in Rwanda (meetings and excursions sometimes beginning 5AM until 9PM+), it was time to come home. The trip was all I wanted and much, much, much more. Among the highlights: We were hosted by an incredible woman (Rose Kabuye) who was a lieutenant colonel for the guerrillas fighting against the genocide, wife and mother, mayor of the capital, Kigali, member of parliament and the cabinet, and just a beautiful person. We were in a posh hotel (uniformed doorman) and had access to leaders and shakers that could never have happened individually. Our visits were to elite sites (several hundred dollars admission for biggies, plus transportation and lodging) so I had an experience I could not have had otherwise. We visited the memorial for the nearly 1 million people who died in the ... read more
Rose kibuye & me
Doorman at Kigali Serena hotel
Truck to photo safari

Africa » Rwanda » Ville de Kigali July 18th 2011

Eg spasserte over den trafikkerte vegen, myste litt mot sola og rusla vidare på fortauet. Ein mann kom op til meg haldt meg roleg rundt handleddet, og peikte på skoen. Eg kjende så ei hand på brystlomma mi, og instinktivt slo eg den hardt vekk. Eg sett auga i dei begge, dei så olmt på meg og trakk seg unna. Ikkje brått, ikkje som om dei flykta, men sakte medand dei såg på meg. Eg kokte. Eg raste. Eg freste. Eg prøvde å ta dei av dage med blikket mitt. Rundt gjekk folk forbi som vanleg. Dei to mennen forsvann utanfor synsrekkjevidda mi. Eg såg føre meg fleire scenarier, ein der eg kaldkvelde mannen, ein annan der eg spende han ned og ein tredje der eg vrei armen hans og haldt han i ro. Men eg ... read more

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