Athanasie Gatera and the women from Zone A are enjoying eating maize flowers together. Sharing maize is culturally significant. It symbolizes a united people meeting together to share experiences and celebrate life.
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.
Repairs have begun on YEGO’s new home! Repairs and painting are expected to be finished by the end of November, just in time to start setting up for the new Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) program. CAL will begin in January 2019 with English and computer skills. The official program launch is planned for March, when the mayor of Kigali – who secured the space, and Kae Neufeld – who initiated the project, will be there to celebrate the grand opening.
On October 18 the women’s core team led a general assembly for past participants of the healing retreats. The women and girls were able to reconnect, share their stories and experiences, encourage each other and offer suggestions to improve YEGO’s follow-up work in their respective zones.
A detailed report is being prepared and will be shared soon.