Rwanda - Day 7

Today we visited two more households. At the first, we helped the owner build a garden. It turns out Glenys was brought-up on a farm and is quite the gardener! We then heard the owner’s story, which brought us to tears. When she was two-years-old she lost both of her parents in the genocide. By the age of 16 she hadn't received schooling, and instead, was treated like a slave and abused. As a result of this abuse she became infected with HIV Aids. It was at this time she came in contact with the Centre of Champions (a Riverview supported project) where she then worked to complete our equivalent of primary school. At the same centre she then undertook vocational training in hairdressing. Because of this training, she now has a market stall where she sells clothes and styles hair and lives in her own home. It’s amazing to see how lives like these are being transformed through the generous giving of our church.

The second visit was much more cheerful – we were greeted by a mass of singing and dancing children. These people were overcome with joy that we had taken the time to visit them. As the group leader said “Because you have come to visit us you are not only donors, but now also friends.” We continued the celebration with the ‘Passing of the Livestock’ ceremony, where our team had to pass five cows and five goats from some household members to the next. It was just a tad chaotic. Once under control (and much hand sanitiser was applied), Manny shared his personal testimony, encouraging us all to trust and turn to God in our everyday lives. It was very moving and clearly resonated with the children.

We ended the day by saying goodbye to our friends at AEE and prepared for tomorrow’s excursion to Akagera National Park.

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