So we come to the end of this year’s project and our time in Rwanda. And what a few weeks it has been! So many highlights… from driving around the extraordinarily beautiful countryside to working and breaking bread with the many special people we have had the privilege of meeting here. There has been so much mutual learning – a real meeting of minds and a cultural exchange that has been intellectually, artistically and emotionally stimulating.
Yesterday we delivered all the CUNY students to the airport, and today we will also depart. This country and the people we have formed relationships with here have rooted deep in our hearts, and we have no doubt that we will return.
Thank you Leon and Jean for initiating this project, and for being such tireless hosts. Thank you Stephen for all the hard work you put into making sure we had the time and space we needed to do the work – nothing seemed too much trouble and we deeply appreciate it. Thank you to the Rector, Vice-Rector, Dean and faculty of KIE – we felt so welcomed and we have been inspired by your passion and belief in the power of drama. And thank you to all the drama students at KIE – we have loved working with you, and were so impressed by your commitment, energy and openness. Thank you for sharing so much with us – keep the dream alive!!
This visit has highlighted the enormous potential for the important work that can be done here. KIE is ever more eager to develop our collaboration and there is no doubt in our minds that an ongoing relationship could provide many academic and practical opportunities to CUNY, SPS and our program if we embrace the vision of growth and sustainability that KIE and the Imena Cultural Club have repeatedly expressed. There will be much to ponder in the coming months.
Helen & Chris