From painting classrooms, to lugging around huge bundles of ‘mulch’ for the pineapple plantation, we’ve been hard at work in the local community.
Here’s a quick tour of all our Rwanda ICS team have been up to…
The Munazi tree nursery was set up by our partner RDIS and the first ICS team in Rwanda in September 2012. The whole aim is to help support the very poor community of Munazi by growing avocado and mango trees and sharing them amongst families in the village as saplings, to provide additional food sources.
Our Rwandan volunteers Gisèle Ingbre, 21 (left) and Patrick Isingizwe, 20 (right) packing soil, with an avocado seed, into plastic bags at the tree nursery. The bags are bottomless, so packing in the soil really is an art. The nursery aims to plant 22,000 seeds to deliver to a new village, called Wimana.
Rwanda volunteer Patrick Isingizwe, 20, standing with the avocado seeds that the tree nursery workers and the ICS team have planted. Just another 21,500 to go… You can do it, Paddy!
Painting and teaching…
Dream team Patrick Isingizwe, 20 (above) and Matthew Thorne, 23 (below) painting edges in the local nursery school. Patrick had never painted walls before this project, but now he’s a pro!
Katie Hardwick, 20, creating a beautiful work of art – painting the animals for the Noah’s Ark design on the wall of the 3 -4’s classroom.
Gisèle Ingbre, 21and John Fernandes, 23 teaching a class on a Saturday morning for deprived children in the local area.
Bundles of mulch…
We’ve been working hard at the Ruhango Pineapple Plantation, supported by RDIS. From left to right: John Fernandes, 23, Andrew Michelmore, 20, and Patrick Isingizwe, 20. Carrying bundles of ‘mulch’ to the pineapples on the top field. SO many bundles, and every pair of hands helps!
Occasionally we can take a well-deserved break after carrying the ‘mulch’ – used to cover the ground around the pineapples to protect them in the hot season – up from the bottom fields. Very tiring work!
Here’s the fabulous Benedata Pineapple Cooperative and our team on the front row. We met with the cooperative, who shared with us personal testimonies of how the pineapple plantation has helped them overcome poverty in their village. They even gave us a pineapple each as a gift for our visit…yum!
Here’s to an amazing 10 weeks of volunteering in Rwanda…