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Umuganda: A Day of Community Service
A few of us participated in Umuganda that last Saturday. It's a national community service day. The last Saturday of every month, citizens are required to participate in sweeping up roads, weeding, clearing trash, painting, you name it. I love the concept.....
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Umuganda: A Day of Community Service
A few of us participated in Umuganda that last Saturday. It's a national community service day. The last Saturday of every month, citizens are required to participate in sweeping up roads, weeding, clearing trash, painting, you name it. I love the concept.....
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Each day starts the same here. Our band of 12 meets for breakfast every morning anywhere from 7:30-8 a.m. It is often the culinary highlight of our day. It's dependable. You now what to expect. And a lot of the food is similar to what you eat at home. Dinne...
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Knowing God in Kigali
Last Sunday morning, Aidan, Coco and I decided to attend services at the Evangelical Restoration Church. Aidan had heard that church music in Rwanda is "not to be missed," so we decided to check it out. Emmanuella, a young intern at my client site, sings in...
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Week 3 - Down for the Count
Teamwork with a view. Our regular morning meeting. Wow, we are in our third week already. Only five working days left before we give our final presentations on the project! It's hard to believe. Each day we spend completely focused and immersed in our proje...
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Rwanda Really - Interesting Facts
Every day I learn something fascinating about what it's like to live here. I thought I'd share a few: Rwanda is the most densely populated country in Africa Rwanda population: about 12 million people English became the official language in 2011 (a shift fro...
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Week 2 - Digging In
The week started on Sunday morning. We took part in an Africa Code Week event -- teaching Rwandan school teachers how to code with a program called Scratch - designed by MIT. If you have kids check it out --- it's a great way to make coding fun for them - a...
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See Saws in Rwanda
Week 1 down!  What a whirlwind.
Highs, lows, and in-betweens. Day 1, you are excited. Highly motivated. Day 2,
reality sets in. You have some light anxiety. A lot of uncertainty. But you
can't wait to get started.   Jurie told us during our group debrief
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Sabbatical: Why Rwanda.
By Saturday evening, the 12 of us, minus one, had arrived. Jared, our US colleague in Philly, was supposed to be on my flight from Amsterdam to Kigali. Thanks to weather and incompetency at Delta Airlines, he arrived two days and eight flights later. Yikes....
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Saturday, August 9  The new Starbucks at AMS, near KLM gates After 15 hours in the air, I made it! The trip was absolutely flawless. No delays, no turbulence. Smooth landings, good seats. At Amsterdam Schiphol airport I got my usual latte at the nicest S...
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