The Blog

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.

Justice in action

Sat, 2010-02-13

Life here is nothing if not varied. Project work at the hall has been suspended for the time being because of the impromptu arrival of the local gacaca court with its attendant officials and ceremony. It seems that they have been meeting in the school hall nearby but the new school term, and a thousand riotous children, have made them homeless.

The church accounts office

Wed, 2010-02-10

Back in November we posted an item on the blog about our time spent at the Conseil Protestant du Rwanda conference of church leaders (see Bishops in the mountains). One of the results of that gathering was a request for help and training to be given to churches in keeping their accounts.

The taxi-bus

Sun, 2010-02-07

Apart from personal muscle power, the cheapest way of getting around Kigali is by taxi-bus. These come in two varieties, old-fashion minibuses with a row of seats at the back, three rows of double seat along one side and single seats along the other that fold down into the aisle. There is also a bench seat at the front for the driver and two passengers.