Important message to all: there has been a change in flight times so we are now arriving at LHR at 1600 not 1435, so the Bournemouth crowd will be home about 1900 or so.
After a wonderful meal out last night, emotions were mixed with joy, from the positive influences that we created, but as well a sadness, as yesterday was our last day with the kids, teachers and translators at The Catch Up Centre.
Today we FINALLY got a extra hour in bed, which was very much needed as everyone woke with smiles on their faces (not mentioning any names), and positve energy for the day ahead. After breakfast we headed straight onto the bus and made our final bumpy journey to Muhumurize Catch Up Centre to contribute to Rwanda's monthly tradition of community work. We split into 3 teams – Team Hammer, Team Resource and Team Clean. Team Hammer mended all the bench desks within the centre, Team Resource sorted through all out donations to the centre as well as all resources the centre already had, and finaly Team Clean cleaned all of the classrooms thourghly and sorted all the décor for each individual room. Of course we could not have been able to complete our community work without the help of the kids and teachers that currently go to the centre. Once cleaning, mending and resource sorting had finished, we put the centre back to its normal self and said our final goodbyes to the kids and teachers that were there today. Everyone on the journey back on the mini bus was sweaty, smelly and exhausted and ready for an hours rest and a delicious lunch cooked by our amazing cooks!
In the afternoon we went shopping to a couple of craft places. Lots of presents were bought and we discovered how long it can take to get 25 people through the paying system when there isn’t a cash machine and everything bought has to be written down!
The afternoon ended with a visit to a community of genocide survivors. They were mid-20’s to mid-30’s and some of them shared their stories. It was a privilege and very humbling to listen to them as they told of their horrific experiences in the genocide, and at the same time it was inspiring. Very thought-provoking.
A pizza meal awaits to celebrate the end of the trip, and then it is one day left before flying home.
No blog tomorrow because Helen and her laptop are flying to Uganda, so we will see you all on Monday.