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Getting water in Rwanda

When I first landed in Kigali, Africa I expected the landscape to be like the Sahara desert.  Miles of parched earth and no vegetation.  Instead what I saw was a beautiful country with rolling hills and lush jungles.   There’s…

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Mud to make Bricks … and Gardens

The dirt was – without exaggeration – like concrete.  It had been sun-baked to a rock hard crust since the last rainy season.  This soil was rusty orange, and contained very little nutrients.  We first had to fracture the hard-pan…

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Peter’s New Glasses

I met Peter at a home visit today. As the bus was waiting, I took a walk down the road. I met an elderly lady with a colourful dress and one of my friends with me tried to start up…

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3rd World Problems

We have been building gardens for the last 4 days and it’s funny how we’re starting to get a following of super-fans each day. Faces are recognizable and it it doesn’t take long to see the different personalities and traits.…

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Be Contagious

A homeless fellow living with an elderly lady was quite thankful for the keyhole garden build that we completed for his friend.  He was moved by the generosity and hard work and decided to pick up a shovel and help…

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Bringing life after Tragedy

Today was a very special day. We finally have the opportunity to build some keyhole gardens for some worthy people. It took us a few days to get acclimated, get the appropriate tours of schools and farms. We showed up…

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Teaching soil health conditions in Rwanda

We visited the top rated school today  in Kayonza, Rwanda and it was interesting to see that on the board of their science class was written basics of soil health.  Upon asking the headmaster if farming and gardening is a…

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Retaining Dignity in Sponsorship

Africa New Life is a unique organization in that they welcome sponsors to visit their children. We have the unique opportunity with ANL because they are also helping facilitate the Keyhole Garden project.  Nicky, our sponsor child lives only 10…

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Human Tragedy

After the school tour we drove down and visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial. I was looking forward to this but also not. I don’t think I wanted to confront or accept the darkness that human beings can sometimes have in…

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Rebuilding from the Ground Up

The morning came quickly and I felt pretty rough when I woke up. Despite the lack of sleep it was difficult to get used to the 6 hour time change.  The day started off with breakfast and an immediate tour…

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Rwandan Morning

We were picked up from the airport by Jean-Claude and Godfried (Aka JJ). Therese fellows were very helpful giving us a quick bus ride to the Guest House.  From what we could see from the quick drive, Kigali is modern.…

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