A busy schedule

Boys cleaning bike

It is only three months since we were last here in Kigali and the place is starting to feel like a second home. The evening air as we leave the plane is a pleasant twenty degrees. The same blue taxis vie for our custom and after several years of continual change, the city centre skyline is now settled into a familiar landmark.

This visit, to coincide with the start of the new school year is usually hectic but this time will be even more so. The Rutonde Porridge Project will be ending this September and so we need to find a new location where that work can carry on. This means a couple of site visits to make on top of the usual schedule. We shall also be visiting the Women's Cooperative which was set up last year at Rutonde to take the local area onto the next phase of its development.

The new school year means lots of school fees to pay. This means long queues at various banks already bulging with people paying their local land tax before the deadline at the end of the month.

We have been given funds to repair the house of a family which was damaged in heavy rains last year, so there will be some organising to do there. We also have another cargo of knitted baby jumpers produced by the good ladies of Loanhead to deliver to Embrace Rwanda, a Canada-based charity helping women and children.

There is a lot to fit into three short weeks and we will post to the blog as we go.