My first four days in Rwanda

We're only four days into our trip to Rwanda and it's felt like weeks. Our days have been filled with trips to schools, the streets of Kigali and a museum. It’s been a whirlwind of emotions and cultural experiences.

 

The first day we got immersed in the Rwandan culture. In the morning we went out in the city to walk around and exchange some of our money. For lunch we went back to Center Christus, where we were staying. Rwandan food is a lot of potatoes and rice, and I’m getting very sick of it. After lunch we met a bunch of awesome Rwandan photographers. They told us they wanted to go out with us in the city and work on some media projects. Walking around a neighborhood in Kigali was extremely powerful. It was our first experience with kids swarming us. All the children wanted to look at our cameras and media equipment and to watch us interview people. Ava and my’s group didn’t have much luck with getting interviews but it was still amazing to just get thrown into their culture.

 

On Tuesday we went to Teddy’s in the morning. Teddy’s is a preschool in Kigali. We got to go into the student's classrooms and have them sing to us and we sang to them. We went outside with the kids and they sang and danced in a big circle around us. It was probably one of my happiest moments. The kids loved to touch us and hold our hands. They kept on trying to use our cameras and phones. It was adorable but also very overwhelming.

 

For the past two days we have gone to a high school to talk to the students there. When we arrived yesterday they sang and danced for us. Rwandans are so welcoming. Today and yesterday I got to have conversation with a class of girls about their periods and what being a girl means to them. We’re planing on making a video out of it and another project. In the afternoon we went to a museum. We saw traditional Rwandan dancers and it was beautiful.

 

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Sounds like you guys have had

Sounds like you guys have had a jam packed trip already!  We'll be sure you guys have another potluck when you're back -- nothing but beans and rice...

Thanks for the update. It

Thanks for the update. It really helps us know what you r experiencing. Love G-Dad and G-Bet. Looking forward to the next post!

Homestay

We arrived in the neighborhood of Tubeho two nights ago. It’s been such a great experience and I don’t want to leave. I’m staying with grandmother Josephine, Katia and Cassie. Katia and Cassie are both eleven and go to an english speaking school. Katia classifies Cassie as a “nerd” and Cassie classifies Katia as “crazy.” They have quickly attached themselves to Zoe and me. They love to sing along to our american music and go on our phones. They take us around the neighborhood and teach us rwandan traditions. Cassie and Katia told me that I’m going to hell because I did not get baptized. They have so much energy but I love to hangout with them. Josephine is very quiet because she isn’t fluent in french but she’s so sweet.


The food that my family makes is so good. They make potatoes, peas, and rice with squash. I was getting very sick of the food at the Jesuit centers. The bathroom at our homestay is inside, which is very nice. The water only works for two days a week, so we fill buckets of water to flush the toilets. To take a shower we boiled water and took a bucket shower, it was actually very nice. I’m happy I still have two more nights at my homestay!

keep the posts coming

I enjoy reading your posts anfd hearing about your adventures. soak in every moment of it as w=it will pass very quickly. I am sure you are all making a wonderful impression and know that you will be forever changed after this experience! Mrs. Atwood