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Retail Therapy

Shopping was also on the agenda in the last day. Here is just a selection of the goods made by girls in the sewing schools which we support. These - and many other similar items are sold at the monthly Cafe Rwanda held in the Court Room at Bakewell Town Hall. The next one is on Monday 18 Sept from 10am-3pm. Very popular for Christmas gifts - but hurry - they sell very quickly!

Growing Flock

Just before Christmas 2016 we gave 20 sheep to Reconciliation Group in a very rural area to the north west of Kigali. That number is now 42 - so today we again celebrated as sheep were passed over.

Children of Jenda

Today we visited Jenda Primary/Secondary school - some 1,800 pupils in total who are benefiting from owning Castleton the cow - who looks a pretty fine specimen! As you can see they are absolutely delighted with the gift and all gathered to greet us and say 'Murakose' - thank you!

On the Congo Border

From meeting the sheep we progressed further towards the border with Congo to the village of Jenda. Here several years ago we set up a sewing school - so went to meet this year's graduates.

Gorilla Country

The last couple of days have been spent in the Northern Province - gorilla country! Up here we visited first receivers of lambs from the sheep which were purchased with funds from our Cumbrian friends who formed part of our 2016 group visit. 20 sheep were given here and 45 lambs have been produced to be passed on

Cutting the Ribbon

Here we are at the opening Ceremony together with Bishop Samuel Kayinamura and the Head of the District Health Sector.

Fame at last

Today's surprise came at the Official Opening of Kaburiro Health Post. Phil Bramhall (fellow Trustee) and I were presented with a very special outfit and invited to be 'Mother of the Village' - I felt a nit but looked like the Queen!

School for Cows

This is the bull calf which is to be sold (it is the first born of the cow given to the school by Old Hall Primary school 3 years ago. The cow and the second calf are kept at the school where during the day they freely graze the large school playing fields.

Gitsimbwe Primary School

On Wednesday we also visited Gitsimbwe Primary School - linked with Old Hall Junior School in Chesterfield. The picture shows Heather handing over the sum of £180 - raised by the children at Old Hall to the Headteacher. He tells me they will put this money - together with that raised when a bull calf given by Old Hall is sold - towards a new roof for the classroom shown in the picture.

Cow Giving at Nyemasheke

Yesterday (Wed) I officially handed over Peveril the cow - donated by the good folks of Castleton earlier in the year. She was given as part of a Reconciliation Programme. The lady on the right of the picture risked her own life by protecting her friend and neighbour who is Tutsi (left of picture). The cow is a 'thank you' and the first calf goes back to the friend who was protected and then milk and subsequent calves are shared - as a lasting show of friendship. This ceremony took place in the West of Rwanda and in Nyemasheke District which is one of the poorest areas of the country.

Heather in Rwanda

The Goboka Rwanda Trust's founder Heather Thomas is currently in Rwanda, opening the second health centre funded by the charity. Fabulous to see the children celebrating on our Facebook Page People can help by donating to the new Health Centre's 'poor fund' - set up to enable poorer people who cannot afford Health Insurance to be able to access and get treatment at the new Centre.

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