Why coffee in particular? I am not entirely sure. Why find a way to do direct and empowering business with people in Rwanda? Not out of pity or sympathy but for the express reason of finding ways to join in the ‘moving on’ I have come to see is rooted deep in the psyche of the Rwanda people. I’d like to understand how a community rises up practically and how people overcome. I’d like to understand how they move on to become productive and powerful and not just another country waiting for aid.
I have returned home now two days and the thoughts of being in Rwanda on such a mission are quietly fading. As I write this letter I am invigorated with the awareness that the trip has been successful on many levels: Our exposure as a team, opportunities to see counsellors learn self-care, training trainers who will pass […]
Adventure is not knowing. Adventure is being satisfied with the little that’s familiar. Adventure means you let go. As I get ready to participate in an expedition to Rwanda with 13 other counsellors for two weeks the only word is adventure. We have been encouraged to let go of expectations. Expecting to make a big […]
I attended the 15 year memorial of the Rwanda genocide at a gathering of the Calgary Rwanda-Calgary community. It was sobering to hear a recount of the events that led to the preventable genocide. There were many acts of complicity by the international community. There were many acts of barbarism by Rwandans. What struck me […]