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Our Travel Itinerary

The flight and ground itinerary is attached. But also you can check the daily calendar in the left hand column.

Here's a map:

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Dancing Travelers

Harwood & Woonsocket break it down Rwandan style!

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Our Itinerary

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20 years later...

Not sure if people can make the trek but I thought I would share this woth you guys. Babson College is having an evening of remembrance to honor the 20 years that have passed since the 1994 genocide. It is on Sunday April 13th from 3:30-7:00. 

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Green Mountain Global Forum Presents "Stories of Hope"

Green Mountain Global Forum will be presenting Stories of Hope as some of you may already know. It will be at the Big Picture in Waitsfeild on April 3rd at 7 pm. It would be awesome if you all could come. 

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A Wonderful Cultural Exchange

We had some wonderful moments while spending time at a high school in Butare. Students from this high school asked our group to share some talents. This short film captures some great moments where our cultures connect. Students were great ambassadors. Enjoy.

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Our Group With A Traditional Dance Troupe

This morning we spent time watching traditional Rwandan dancing and drumming. Then they invited us to join in. Great fun!

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Our Itinerary -- 2014

T-minus zero... And we're off...

The itenerary is attached.

 

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Rwanda Experience, Final by Lauren and India

India Harvey and Lauren Alexander dived right into video on their trip to Rwanda. Their final piece, Rwanda Experience, is a unique retrospective of their trip around the country. Using some cutting edge video production, the piece invites the viewer to examine their expectations and presumptions of Rwanda. Watch closely, enjoy!

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Hands by Haley

For her final project, Haley Cleary chose to focus on a unique subject: Hands. Here it is!

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Teddy’s by Ashley and Jordan

Harwood and Woonsocket students visited a preschool in Kigali, called Teddy’s. This video, by Ashley Nelson and Jordan Iannuzzi, leads us through a day at Teddy’s, exploring what education means in a Rwandan context. Enjoy!

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What makes Rwanda, Rwanda. By Yuka Oiwa

Find a comfortable seat, lean back and watch Yuka Oiwa’s piece, What makes Rwanda, Rwanda. Her piece combines photos taken by the Stories of Hope team and excerpts from her journal. Enjoy!

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Mzungu dancefest!

Today we headed to the National Museum of Rwanda, where we watched a traditional dance performance before touring the exhibits. The dancers were amazing. When they invited us up to talk and try on their costumes at the end, that was amazing in a different way:

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2/29/12 by Tracy

I see you from across the field,
carrying the sun on your shoulders.
You raise and swing, raise and swing,
cutting away the weeds.
 
I watch as you eliminate the weeds one by one.
A job to be done.
 
They say the workers who wear pink
have committed crimes.
They say some of the workers
were killers during the genocide.
 
Did you raise and swing
eighteen years ago?
Did you believe the people were
weeds to be cut?
 
One by one,
a job to be done?
I see you from across the field,
carrying more on your shoulders
than I’ll ever know.
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