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On my way to Rwanda

This is an exciting return visit for me to Rwanda. We now have 11 projects operating, six of which have been in existence now for over one year. Another ten projects have been so patient, waiting for us going on 7 months now through this economic decline, as we continue to seek new funding for their endeavors.

In the last year, our team has grown then shrunk then grown again. Last year at this time we were considering expansion to Northern Uganda. Then the economic recession hit and we had to let three of our core staff members go. That was unbelievably painful because they believed so strongly in our mission, had sacrificed so much for our teams and suddenly we weren’t able to stand beside them any more. I’m heartened to know that everyone has found their niche and in some cases a new calling.

This year we have new volunteers and interns who are exceedingly committed and enthusiastic about our work. It feels like a fresh start. And Gyslaine, our dedicated project officer and longest serving staff member in Rwanda, has brought a new little girl into the world. New life and fresh starts indeed!

I return to Rwanda now with bittersweet memories of the amazing progress pioneered by dear friends who have joined other endeavors and with excitement for what is to come. Despite our challenges I still remain inspired every day by what our teams are able to accomplish with so few resources, but with such resolve. I return because of them, because of the vulnerable women and girls that they serve, and because these beautiful people have dedicated what little they have to help others. They serve as my guides on this planet. May they inspire many others to follow.

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