A famous boyband once sang “I’ve seen the rain fall in Africa”. Well Boyzone - you’re not the only ones because after today we can well and truly that we’ve seen it too! Dr Bunini had invited us to join him in his small office to answer any of our questions. As the sky grew darker, the lights went out and the thunder drew closer it was only a matter of time before the rain came down. It was the call John had been waiting for all week as he practically shot out the door to assess the impact of the rainwater coming off the roof. And almost as if we had never seen rain before ourselves we all went to have a wee look.
That was at the end of another busy morning where we met with women who are street vendors. This is a practice that the Rwandan government has now banned as they try to encourage the street vendors to move into permanent markets. In response to this change Gilgal has brought the women together - over 40 of them - and since July 2016 they have each been saving 500 Rwandan Francs (about 50p) a week as they seek to collectively raise enough funds to buy a permanent marketplace.
Others who met us today were women who have been helped with their medical insurance cover, and the community leaders. The leaders had been involved in the community work we ‘helped’ on Saturday morning and they assured us that our contribution had been helpful.
And Eric the church administrator was true to his word and boiled all 30 of our eggs which we shared with those at the meeting during our refreshment time. Every day the church has provided us with a morning snack of bananas, samosas and hot milk with tea and coffee. We have been very well looked after.
This afternoon has thankfully been quieter for the team with an opportunity to watch a thunder and lightning storm unfold across the mountains that we can see in the distance from our guest house, and also to explore the local area. Unfortunately Michael did not enjoy this little rest as he was whisked off to the Tearfund offices to provide training to some of the local partners on how taking photographs can help with their data collection on the field.
It is hard to believe that we only have two more nights here before we begin the journey home.
But the last words of this blog belong to Boyzone:
“Humanity’s lost face
Let’s understand its grace
Each day one at a time
Each life, including mine…
How far we’ve come
And how far to go
Rain does not fall
On one roof alone”.