Carolyn met with five more students today as well as the facilitator for computer-assisted learning. The possibilities are exciting!
The group met at the YEGO office where Carolyn spent time with four students, talking about their knowledge of computers and their dreams for the future. This information is important to make decisions regarding curriculum and the type of computers to buy.
After a delicious lunch they met with the women’s leadership team. There will be women from all parts of Rwanda at the retreats, where they will gain the skills to start women’s groups in their local areas. They shared some African tea and lots of laughs, especially over what Rwandans and Canadians have in common – like saying sorry a lot – and the idiosyncrasies of each culture.
Kae Neufeld, member of the YEGO Canada Support Team, and her daughter Carolyn arrive in Kigali safely after more than 30 hours in transit. They’re delighted to find +25C temperatures, versus -25C back in Canada. Seen here enjoying an afternoon with the YEGO dancers, Kae says, “Seeing the community of youth enjoying each other is rewarding.”
Kae will be leading two healing retreats for women while in Rwanda. She’ll also be helping with leadership development. Carolyn is a curriculum specialist and will be helping to set up YEGO’s new computer-assisted learning program.
Athanasie gathered the women from Zone A together on January 24, 2019. The group shared maize along with their stories, worries and joys. They offered each other encouragement, comfort and prayers.
Together, the women envision a better future. To that end, Zone A has set up a committee to co-ordinate a saving and lending co-operative. Watch for more details as this unfolds.
All the women and youth who have attended a past healing retreat are divided into 6 groups. Each group is led by a member of the core team and represents a geographical area. This enables those living close to each other to meet regularly for effective follow-up. Athanasie co-ordinates Zone A.
YEGO distributed school supplies to 13 of its sponsored youth in early January 2019. Seven more couldn’t attend, but will pick up their packages later. Emmanuel and Athanasie Gatera spoke with the youth about being successful in their education and their life by focusing on working hard at school, good behaviour, social and spiritual character. They enjoyed the time together.
On Dec 21, 60 youth attended the annual YEGO Christmas party. They sang, danced, and shared their experiences of the past year. They comforted and prayed for one another over stories of sickness, loss of parents and poverty. They celebrated joyful experiences such as God’s providence, educational sponsorship and the gift of life. Their hopes and plans for 2019 include success in education, good behaviour and hard work. Three speakers spoke to the youth about educational, social and spiritual growth.