Tag Archives: Rwanda

BRIGHT FRIDAY LIGHTS!

But it was the quiet, grounded, brave voice of a strong young woman who captivated us on all on the reasons to pursue education in the name of good citizenship. She spoke directly about the genocide in Rwanda and the necessity of decency, humanity and community values above all others as the purpose of education. Many people from other corners began joining before she even finished her statement. Many of us from CUNY unsuccessfully choked back tears. Continue reading

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“How Many Languages Do You Speak?”

Today was technically our second full day in Rwanda. To me, it felt like the first since I slept until well past noon yesterday after an exhausting 21 hour journey from New York the day before. As much as I … Continue reading

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Getting to know Kigali

After a long but pleasant flight, we arrived in Rwanda yesterday. We were greeted by Helen, Chris, and Phocas who drove us to Civitas Hotel, our home away from home in Rwanda. I arrived to a view of little twinkling … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Beautiful Rwanda

Today was our last full day together in Rwanda. We drove for three hours through the countryside to reach Lake Kivu, where we took pictures of sparkling blue water surrounded by rolling hills that disappear into mist. When I get … Continue reading

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Playbuilding Part I

There were around 80 of us sitting in a circle, listening to Helen and Chris tell the folktale of The Magic Calabash. Their arms gestured wildly as their voices imitated curious children, greedy parents, playful Water Spirits, and a Giant … Continue reading

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Moments of Connection

Red dirt roads. Red brick. Stone. Big blue sky with no clouds. Bamboo sticks, palms. Golden-green banana trees. People waving. The deep blue of the evening coming and the silver of the stars. The yellow gold of writing by candlelight. … Continue reading

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A Trip to the Palace

Today, was the first day in Rwanda that we, the CUNY students, have been on our own together. Today, we drove to the Southern Province of Rwanda, through farms and forests and rice fields—the scenery changing every few moments. Today, … Continue reading

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