Memorial Day Weekend…Rwandan Style!

So the GROW team’s first weekend in Rwanda began with an early Friday morning visit to the National Museum of Rwanda with a few RVCP members. Walking through the streets of Butare is an education in itself, as we see new things and have new experiences every time. The museum provided a ton of fascinating history about the Rwandan culture, land, traditions and people. One display allowed us to walk around in a traditional African hut that once housed the king of a village in Rwanda! After the visit to the museum, the team and I had our first meeting with RVCP at the faculty of medicine in Butare. We heard about the several awesome community projects that RVCP is organizing for Butare and surrounding villages. One of these projects, the Candlelight March and Memorial for HIV/AIDS Awareness, was held on Sunday (I’ll get to that in a minute!). We also discussed the groups and members that we will work with for the health sessions held at the clinic. Friday night after the meeting was definitely the best night so far in Rwanda. We were greeted at the house with a ton of RVCP members and their friends who threw us a huge welcome party, which also served as a goodbye party for the two volunteers from the English organization, BVDA, who worked here for the past month. It was so fun to relax and get to know the members…and nothing gets people to know each other faster and better than a dance party!

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2 Responses to Memorial Day Weekend…Rwandan Style!

  1. Wahoo! Motorcycle taxis and prom dresses in a foreign land doing good work. Not sure life gets better than that. Thank you for what you are doing and the fact that you are sharing it with us!

    SS

  2. Cari Schueller says:

    Thanks for sharing your adventure. I am eagerly awaiting your next “story”. Be safe and have a great time. I can’t wait to see pictures!

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