Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Amakuru from Beautiful Gashora

"Amakuru" from beautiful Gashora!

Our team has all arrived safely in Kigali and we hit the ground running by exploring the city of Kigali a bit before we headed out to Gashora. We visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre which was a difficult, yet rewarding educational experience that gave us a better understanding of Rwanda's history and hope for the future. We also toured the recently updated neighbourhood of Nyabugoro with Lama where we of course had some Primus and met up with Till, leader of the Green Helmets at the Nelson Mandela Education Centre (the other NGO that Developing World Connections works with here in Gashora through Building Bridges with Rwanda). He filled us in on the future plans of the Covaga Innovation Centre (CIC.) The plans look amazing! The building we are currently working on is the boutique where the Covaga women can showcase their work and also sell their work. The other three buildings will be a restaurant, a workplace, and an office. There are plans for fruit and vegetable gardens, a bus stop and a solar power station. The hope is that eventually the CIC will serve as a hub for innovated thinking and practices for the community of Gashora...and it all started with the Covaga women!!

Robin Ripley

DWC Student Team Leader
Rwanda 2011

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