Another tour comes to an end. Over the past month I have been able to catch up with our projects, meet old friends and make new ones.
At Rutonde it is clear that our porridge project is as needed as ever. The benefits are evident in the local community and the work appears to be much valued. By combining feeding with medical care and the provision of longer term nutrition the lives of local families are steadily being improved. One of the objectives this trip was to investigate how the project might be expanded and plans are now being formed based on what we have seen.
Our children in Nyamirambo are progressing well and next year most of them will be at secondary school. There are four in P6 this year who will move on next January. Which type of school they move on to we do not know, but after talking to their teachers, we now have a fair idea and will be better prepared to find them places when we return in the new year. Two of our children have completed their education through the vocational training route. This trip has allowed us to find out how we can help them get started in work and we are investigating the purchase of some welding equipment for one of the boys.
During my visit to Rwamagana and our widows group there I heard the unhappy news that one of them is being treated for cancer. Listening to the women's stories and discussing with them the best way we could help was not something that could be done at a distance.
Each time we come back to Rwanda there is something new, usually a glass-fronted tower block in Kigali city centre. But away from the ever increasing bustle of the city the number of people with insufficient food seems as high as ever. In a population of 12 million people our efforts are a drop in the ocean but we are able to say that in the places where we work, the effect is positive and we are making a real difference to people's lives.