Good morning, Kigali!

We’ve been away in the bush in the Mara region of Kenya for three days & back now in Kigali with Internet access. More on the safari experience later. [Prepare for wildlife photo overload. Jack Hanna would be impressed.]

Today, Kavos, our Congolese host in Ruhengeri (in the Musanze District), is coming to drive us around Kigali & answer all of our bazillion questions about this intriguing city.  On deck – visiting the Genocide Memorial Centre, Rwanda Nziza [local art crafts market] & Milles Collines Hotel, made famous in the movie Hotel Rwanda.

Our main purpose in traveling to Africa is to volunteer with Art of Conservation. We’ve spent two days in schools near the foothills of Volcanoes National Park with AoC founder Julie Ghrist & her team. The energy & caring teaching approach creates an enrichment learning experience unlike any other in Rwanda. The kids absorb & respond to the One Health messages of personal health & a healthy environment, actively participating in the classroom discussions & arts activities.

Check out these charming smiles! [Girls & boys alike keep their hair cropped short. Girls wear blue & boys are in khaki at Rushubi School.]  More later…losing battery power.

Rushubi School girls appreciating a little of AoC teacher Innocent’s engaging way of getting across a lesson about mountain gorillas daily living routine.

Students apply & are selected by their school to participate in the AoC enrichment program. Each day, kids peered through the windows, trying to be part of AoC with their lucky friends.

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