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Some new learning

Fri, 2010-03-12

It has taken six months, but we are now at last starting to make some sense of this strange land we have come to. Somehow I suspect this is just the beginning, but after sitting around by the edge of the pool enjoying the sunshine, the first toe went into the water this week.

A past remembered

Sun, 2010-03-07

Not all anniversaries are anticipated eagerly. In a month’s time Rwanda will remember the start of the genocide sixteen years ago. This is the equivalent of Remembrance Day in Europe.

Setting up an office

Sat, 2010-03-06

I was allowed out shopping today. The church accountants’ training classes started on Tuesday and we need to get the office set up for the practical work. Computers and networking equipment have already been bought and today we are out shopping for desks and chairs. IKEA a la Rwanda.

Wet and homeless

Tue, 2010-03-02

The rains of the other night turned out to have been some of the heaviest we have experienced so far. At one point the air was so thick with water we couldn’t see across the garden.

Church accounts classes

Sat, 2010-02-20

I know it’s about the driest subject imaginable and there is a lot about Rwanda we don’t yet understand, but it’s still a puzzle that these people are falling over themselves to learn accounting. We started the church accountants’ training this week with forty participants from twenty-seven churches. Every denomination this side of Rome was in the room.

Viewing figures

Sat, 2010-02-20

Behind the scenes here at the Mission Rwanda blog is a little graph which shows the number of pages that visitors have viewed each day. Curiously, just after we posted the story about Mrs R taking a shower in the rain the figures go through the roof.

Skinny-dipping and chocolate

Mon, 2010-02-15

Imagine the scene. It is Valentine’s night and our evening meal is a bowl of cheese and tomato pasta by candle light. Not that we are at all romantic you understand. The power is down (hands up all those who remember the three day week); thunder and lightning are right above us and rain is everywhere.