Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Trip to Musanze and Sonrise School

On Friday, I drove up to Musanze (formerly Ruhengeri) with a housemate in order to go on the gorilla trek the next day.  We hung out that afternoon with a friend who works with an interesting NGO, Project Rwanda that among other things, designs and builds custom bicycles that have been engineered to help people carry heavy loads of products or crops up and down Rwanda's many hills.

I also visited Sonrise School, a boarding school initiated by Bishop John of the Anglican Church to provide opportunities for the children that were orphaned by the genocide.  I am friends with one of the teachers, and I was able to meet the President and Vice President of the Student body; both extremely bright kids who peppered me with questions about economics, entrepreneurship, and the differences between Rwanda and the States for over half an hour.  It is one of the best schools in the country, with many children of government officials, but the majority of the students are still there based on the financial support of others.  Check out the website; you can sponsor a student for as little as $25/month.

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