Ruzindana and Christophe started boarding school in January. Here in Rwanda, boarding schools are greatly favored. When we moved out of the original rescue home, we decided not to bring these two boys with us because they were doing so well at Wisdom Primary School, and this is their last year before graduating to Senior School. Last week was a rare holiday and they came to the Ishimwe Center for a break. I asked them which they prefer, boarding or day school. "Boarding" they replied. Why? Because we can go to tutorials in the morning before classes. I was suprised because I knew that classes begin at 6:00 am. It turns out that tutorial begins at 5:00 am and all the teachers attend so that students can ask questions. Our boys are so keen on learning that they get up early every day. Due to power outages, they sometimes need flashlights to see what they're doing. They are taking four languages and six other subjects. Christophe is number one in the school district and Ruzindana is fourth. They are very ambitious and want to get into Butare, the best secondary school in the country, next year. I think they're going to make it.
Last year, Lisa came from Texas to build a model farm out in the rural countryside. Her passion is to build demonstration farm units to serve as a practical example for rural people with little or no income. She has a non-profit called Step One. This time she came with her friend and next-door neighbor from Houston Rebecca and they both poured out their love onto the children and local people. During this visit, Lisa built a model farm on Ishimwe land. It is a working cow-shed with rain catchment and manure composting.
Roger & Faith Shaw from Rwanda