Rwanda – August 4th 2008
Apologies for the briefness of tonight’s instalment. All I
can say is that it’s not my fault. Nope, the blame lies firmly
at the very hospitality door of Henry, The Boss, who very kindly
again took me for supper to meet the rest of the family, who had
just come back from a missionary conference / holiday camp get together
on the shores of Lake Kivo. Many thanks indeed for making me feel
so at home, and a great supper indeed!
Once again we had a longish journey today, right down to the bottom
right hand corner of the country, to a very hilly area, and very
poor too I would say looking at the size of the houses. Apparently,
Henry was telling me, that only around 15% of the workforce are employed
as such, the other 85% are “Self Employed” and probably
pretty much surviving on sustainable farming methods and other odd
jobs like motor taxis and the like I assume.
The area we visited had a group which just received their animals
last year and was good to see how they were getting along. One farmer
we saw had a Jersey cow, or a Jessie cow, as I thought they were
saying, which was giving 24litres a day, and he said his whole family
felt better and stronger, and he had plenty to sell on also to neighbours.
His gardens, again were full of greenery, despite the dryness round
about, showing the benefits of the KeyHole gardens.
As we came out of that little farmstead there were a group of kids
(as always!) one was carrying a homemade football and would take
his photo with it. The cries of joy from the kids was something special,
as I guessed this boy was their hero, and he gave a great display
of ball control and juggling. Nearly, just nearly as good as me I
I managed to get some good pictures of erosion issues and ways of
combating it, as it is a big issue in Rwanda, with so many farmers
on the hills and steep bankings, there is a massive risk of the top
soil getting washed away in the wet season. Send a Cow have developed
some ditching techniques along the edges of the “Contours” that
are farmed, combined with the planting of Fodder trees, which as
well as putting nitrogen back into the soil, they help prevent further
erosion too, doubling the benefit.
It’s my last full day here too, which is bitter sweet, as
there is so much more to photograph, yet I feel it is time to get
back home too, you know the edgy feeling you get at the end of a
holiday or trip, you just want to be moving!
I have 2 places to go tomorrow, one of which concerned me when I
first saw it on my itinerary. It had the name of the place and what
I would be doing. It read; Belize, Disable people. I wasn’t
really expecting to be doing that to be honest, but it turns out
it is a project for disabled people, which I am greatly relived!
I hope I can get another chapter done tomorrow if I can, if not
I will give a summary when I eventually get back to sunny Cumbria.
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