Water is very important here as well. You can see people every day collecting water from lakes or filling stations. They fill old plastic paint containers and tie them to their bikes (if they have them) or carry them home. Very rarely you may see a huge black holding container outside of larger businesses that collect rain water from the eves. These are extremely expensive.
This week we ran out of water and had to hire a guy with a bike to bring us water. He charged $100 Francs for each container and he could carry 6 on his bike at a time. This took him about 2 hours for each trip. He would come back sweating like crazy! We asked if he was tired and hot and he just smiled and said, "No, it's my job." He made 4 trips for us. He made $24,000 francs that day. He was soooo happy!
So to put that into perspective, beer here costs about $700 francs, which is approximately $1 Canadian dollar. The masons who work on the building with us (below mixing cement on the ground) make about $3 CAN per day.
The Rwandans are extremely proud and hopeful. They waste nothing. We think nothing of letting our water run while brushing our teeth or throw away so much food. There are some many things that we take for granted in our every day lives.
|Sandra is reading a book with the kids at the center as we take a break.|
DWC Volunteer Participant
Rwanda, February 2014