Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Thats a wrap-- Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 semester has come to a close! The students have all returned to their homes and are busy integrating back into North American life. Below is a snapshot of the students last two weeks abroad. 

After saying 'see you later' to host families, friends and Mukono we hit the road for Rwanda! We spent a week learning about the history and culture of Rwanda. This April Rwandans commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide. We visited memorials and listened to stories from individuals and groups affected by this tragedy. 

One day we worked with CARSA an organization involved in reconciliation ministry in Rwanda. We listened to stories from both victims and perpetrators of the genocide--now living alongside one another.  

Another afternoon we visited Inema Art Center.  We enjoyed the art displayed, looked-on as women sewed together and watched some neighborhood children perform traditional Rwandan dances. They even gave a few lessons!

Other highlights from our trip include: 

- Visiting Amahoro Ava Hejeru --a cooperative of women committed to working together and spreading the message of reconciliation hope found in Christ while supporting themselves and their families through the creation of beautiful hand-sewn crafts. 

- Learning about micro-finance in Rwanda from UCU graduate Emmanuel Kareygesa who now works with the Anglican Church of Rwanda and PEACE Plan International. 

- Making and buying crafts with Azizi Life -- an NGO that works with artisans in Rwanda, helping them develop and sell their crafts in an international market. Tom MacGregor, one of the co-founders gave his story and then the students had the opportunity to try their hands at weaving.

- Celebrating Easter!!

After the week was up we said goodbye to Kigali and headed to Bushara Island for a weekend away to debrief our time in Rwanda, be outside and enjoy each other. 

Entebbe! was our next stop...the final destination before the students flew home. We spent a couple days reflecting on the past semester and a couple days preparing to go home.  It was a great time of fellowship, prayer, food, picture-taking, and LOTS of laughs. 

Well done, Spring 2014! We're proud of you and how far you've come this semester. 
Stay in touch, and let us know how reintegration is going 


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