After three weeks of travel around Rwanda WE ARE HOME.

We have been;

  •  welcomed and offered hospitality by those who have so little.
  • inspired by the people we have met.
  • moved by the stories we have heard.
  • encouraged by the progress being made in Rwanda.
  • challenged by the work that still needs to be done.

Now we need time to;

  • process the information
  • decide on the projects to be supported
  • raise the required funds

As our partners kept reminding us, plan, pray, do what we can and God will do the rest.

Please pray that our decisions will be guided by Him and the funds will become available to meet the needs.

Thank you all for your messages and prayers during this trip.



Today we attended the consecration of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kibagabaga, Kigali. How to get there was our first challenge as we have now said goodbye to Emmanuel & Jacques. But God always has a plan, so when we met Bishop Augustin of Kivu Diocese at the guest house last night it seemed only fitting to ask for a lift!!!

As the very formal service came to an end and the Bishops processed out of the cathedral Archbishop Onesphore trailed behind high fiving the children.

The 4 1/2 hour service was followed by cake and a drink. The cake had a firework on it and, after the cutting of the cake by Archbishop Onesphore he served the children.


Then Bishop Augustin offered us a lift back, what he actually said was “come we will go together”……. We found ourselves at a rather posh hotel eating lunch with 7 Bishops, an Archbishop and their respective wives!!!!

Today’s Bishop spotting completed our full house of Bishops for the eleven Diocese in Rwanda.

Tonight we dine with Archbishop Onesphore, Archbishop elect Laurent and their respective wives. A somewhat surreal day all in all.

We are all checked in for our flights home tomorrow as our journey comes to an end. Tonight’s prayer will be for warmer weather in the UK.

The size of the areas covered by each diocese here is staggering. As we head off to visit the home of one sponsored child (Ian’s) we are told the journey is 2 1/2 hours  each way.

The rain has damaged many of the hill roads and the journey was not easy, even in the 4 wheel drive Land Cruiser we have been using. Thanks to the skill of Jacques, our driver for the last few days, we arrived safely.

Ian was pleased to meet Gedeon his sponsored child and his family in their very basic home.

It was explained to us that sponsoring children in these remote areas is important to show the people living here that they are not forgotten and to give them hope and encouragement in their daily struggle. Once again it was our visit more than the practical support that had been given that meant so much.

After an unscheduled stop at the pastors house for a meal, the rain arrived before we left. The drive back was more than challenging and it was dark before we left the hill tracks and arrived back. If we were tired it is hard to imagine how Jacques felt.

This morning a mercifully short drive found us taking the footpaths to the homes of Paul’s two sponsored children


The first a remote location that was not served by a road, where we met Placidya – a charming young girl who proudly showed us the hens she had bought with the gift she had received.

There were some vertical challenges for those of us who are not too keen on sheer drops!!!

The second location should have been a drive but the rains had made the road impassable. Eric has been sponsored since 2003 and it was clear to see how his life had improved as he proudly showed us his cows, hens and pigs as well as the plot of land he was cultivating. He hopes to be a farmer when he leaves school and we think he is well on his way to success. We not only met his mother and brother but also his 98 year old grandmother. It is hard to imagine all the things she has seen in her life.

All together we walked about 4 miles at around 8000ft, up and down the hills of Byumba. We considered the need for a base camp and oxygen was required by the time we returned..

Then it was back to the church to meet with a number of the sponsored children and hear their testimonies. Once again CHI stood for Causing Havoc Intentionally as we distributed the remaining tennis balls.

A quick cup of tea and we headed for Kigali. Said farewell to Jacques and settled into our rooms for the last two nights of our trip.




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After a meeting with Bishop Emmanuel in Kibungo, who was suffering from malaria and came to the Diocesan office just to speak with us, we started the last leg of our journey as we travelled to Byumba. We broke the 4 1/2 hour journey with a very pleasant lunch in Kigali thanks to the local knowledge of Emmanuel who has driven us a fair few miles this trip.

Ian’s day was complete after managing to photograph a pair of Crowned Cranes on the drive to Kigal


A change of driver in Kigali and we headed to Byumba, a fairly good road until we hit roadworks but we arrived safely and were met by Pastor Thaddee with whom we have worked for many years.

A long and very productive meeting over dinner with Bishop Emmanuel of Byumba, Pastor Thaddee and Didacienne, the field assistant who oversees the sponsorship project and it was time to post the blog and head for bed.

A long day ahead tomorrow as we head to a parish a mere 2 1/2 hours drive away, we are assured the road is not too bad!!!!

Prayers for journey mercies please.


After breakfast, omelette of course, we left for today’s visit.

The road was definitely an improvement on yesterday and we arrived in Rwintashya Parish without incident. This Parish overlooks Sake Lake and is a very peaceful and attractive location.

A wonderful greeting in the church by some of those who had received goats and we set off to visit a few of the homes. Whilst each of the testimonies are very similar and it is easy for us to feel we have ‘heard it all before’. It is important to remember that for each of these families receiving a goat was beyond their wildest dreams and really is life changing. Time and again we have heard from pastors whose congregations have grown and people have been given hope and a renewed determination to improve their lives. Of course not every one is a success story but that is the way of life.

Recipients are forming support groups, savings schemes and meeting to read the bible. They help each other through challenging times; communities are being drawn closer together and churches are growing. Who would have thought a few goats could have such an impact in these villages?

It is rare for muzungu (white people) to visit these remote villages and some of the children are cautious about coming near. They creep along behind us but will not get too close. Carmen had fun with the children by pretending to be ‘scary muzungu’ . We do hope they don’t have nightmares tonight!!

Back to the pastor’s house where we saw his bike which was provided to the diocese through CHI in 2014 and passed on to him by the previous pastor of this church.

Back for a quick lunch of chip omelette!!!! and it was off to visit Itetero Primary School where some furniture and books had been provided for the library. Funding had been sent for one cow which has now become four. The children attending this school now have milk in their porridge.

We visited the classrooms where the children were encouraged to ask us questions. One child wanted to know how old we were – today’s lesson….. never ask a child to guess your age.  Paul is 90, Ian 92 and Carmen 82!!! This trip has obviously taken a bigger toll than we realised


Tomorrow we move on again, this time to Byumba. Hopefully we will have internet for the last stage of our journey. Watch this space.

As you read this post please keep in mind the torrential rain we experienced yesterday.

Today we were heading to Ndego Parish, where goats have been provided for a number of families. But first the puncture needed to be fixed!!!!

After the obligatory omelette for breakfast and already an hour late leaving we set off on the one hour drive to the parish church. This area is one of the hottest, driest regions in Rwanda. We were welcomed by Pastor Jean Pierre and invited to share food and drink. A large roll and boiled egg later we headed off to visit some homes in the local area, then on another 45 minute drive to a sub parish close to Lake Nasho, once part of the Akagera National Park but now given to the local population. The landscape here is totally different to anything else we have seen in Rwanda. It is relatively flat, very dry with minimal vegetation. 98% of the local population are subsistence farmers and providing goats gives a good supply of manure for improved crops and some income. Many are now attending church as they see God’s love in action through this provision. Pastor Jean Pierre told us how he had baptised 250 people in one ceremony due to the distribution of goats and the opportunity it had given him to evangelise.


Rain is scarce here and drought is a constant challenge. That is until Carmen visits but we had to get there first!!!!

Thankfully the strategic positioning of some rocks and dried banana leaves together with the appearance of a couple of local men with muscle and we were free, if a little muddy!!! In the middle of nowhere, not a soul in sight, where did these men come from??

We arrived for our 11am meeting with a local government official at 1.30pm.Thankfully a very short stop before visiting the church and the homes of some of those who had received a goat. There is no doubt the gift of a goat is changing lives and we were welcomed wherever we went.

The daily thunderstorm arrived as we left, although we only felt a few drops of rain and it was back in the car and headed for the pastors house……. for a 3.30pm lunch…… which turned out to be a full traditional Rwandan meal.

We were scheduled to visit a second parish this afternoon. We arrived at 5pm! The light was beginning to fade and an hours journey on hill track roads lay ahead. We agreed a quick visit to meet another family before we headed off. Pastor Alain told us he had baptised 141 people in September as a result of the distribution of goats. Then an invite to enter the pastors house revealed another full Rwandan meal laid out for us. We did our best but couldn’t do justice to the effort that had been put in. We hope they forgive us.

It was dark by the time we left and many a prayer was offered as Emmanuel negotiated the treacherous road home. We had to decline the meal that had been prepared for us at the guest house. You can only manage so much of a good thing!!!

As we post this blog the rain is once again blessing us!!! Please continue to pray for journey mercies as we visit another parish tomorrow.


Another early start and, after a stop at the Kigali Diocesan office to finalise some admin, we headed for Kibungo.

The journey was longer than we remembered but on the whole the road was better and we arrived safely bringing with us the now familiar thunderstorm. Carmen’s reputation for bringing rain wherever she goes is definitely intact on this  trip, We are told however, that in Rwanda if visitors arrive and rain comes with them it is considered a blessing. We can only surmise therefore that many villages have been mightily blessed this last two weeks!!!


After meeting with the Bishop we visited Gahima Agape School where we have a number of sponsored children and also send funds through our School Partners Project.

The students performed a sketch for us showing the reality for many children who cannot afford the school fees and the difference sponsorship makes to them. Ian was delighted to meet his daughter’s sponsored child who has recently completed her education but came back just to meet him.


A tour of the school highlighted the success of the projects completed with funds sent by CHI. The cow purchased with school partner funds has produced two calves and they are expecting two more in May/June. The milk supplements the diets of the students who board. The mains water is shared with the neighbouring school benefitting many pupils.

This school faces a number of challenges as they take the poorest and often less able students, many of whom are unable to regularly pay their school fees. Sponsorship here is likely to be short term as many students finish in S3 (after 3 years). Students waiting for sponsorship can be found on our website

Our accommodation for the next 3 nights is a little rustic but the internet is good. Our ‘only in Africa’ moment ……… we are the only guests in 27 rooms but we have been put in the rooms where the hot water is not working!!! …… Who has the team plug is our usual question, tonight the burning question is who has the team toilet roll.

Ian had been asked to preach at the 8.30am English service in Butare Cathedral this morning so another early start

Already a little apprehensive, things didn’t improve when he was asked to wear a frock!!!! He preached an excellent sermon from Psalm 121 which seemed very appropriate all things considered but, it would be fair to say he has taken some stick today about the frock from his ever supportive colleagues!!!


We stayed for the Kinyarwandan service at which retired Archbishop Kolini preached, Ian was happy to be gazumped by an Archbishop. One member of the congregation was 107 years old (no it wasn’t Ian!!)


We stopped for a quick drink and another unsuccessful attempt to load the blog, then it was back on the road as we headed back to Kigali. Internet is better here so an opportunity to catch up with the blog and check emails.

Tomorrow we leave for Kibungo, we have no idea if we will have internet access…..or electric……or water….. so keep checking in.

Thank you to everyone who has left us a message. It makes a real difference when we are so far from home.

We are back.

We have spent two days travelling some of the remotest parishes in Kigeme, through thunderstorms, torrential rain and, at times, blazing sun. Early starts, late nights and intermittent internet and electricity caused us to abandon the blog .


We have met with groups in church where conversation has been impossible due to the rain on the tin roofs, and marvelled at the commitment to the church from those who struggle to survive. If only our church gardening teams could be this committed!!


Many of those we meet are widows and orphans from the genocide just 24 years ago. They still suffer the physical and mental scars of that horror. These are a people who often feel forgotten and we are repeatedly told our visit means more than the practical support given.

We have walked the tracks to visit homes where our Loan4Hope project has changed lives, seen the livestock being bred, improved crops being grown and small businesses set up as a result of this intervention. We have heard testimonies from those now able to provide for their families and from pastors who are seeing their congregations growing.


The scenery here is stunning but the road improvement scheme has not yet reached this far. The tracks are narrow. Ruts, potholes and thick mud require rally type driving skills and the sheer drops are unprotected. Carmen’s eyes were closed on several occasions as our vehicle slipped and slid up the narrow tracks. We have never felt more in need of God’s protection as we have on these last two days. Many prayers have been said for journey mercies, and thanks given for safe arrivals.

We have visited the poorest homes and dined with Bishops but mostly we have been blessed by the people we have met, their faith and joy is infectious.


CHI once again stood for Causing Havoc Intentionally as we negotiated a village market on the way to visit a small business. Carmen is not entirely sure what she agreed to but it made this gentleman extremely happy!!!


Gasha sits high in the hills, the road is rough and narrow and last night’s rain has caused areas of thick mud, the log bridges and sheer drop down the side of the hill are a little scary. Nevertheless we made it intact.

This small parish is one of the poorest in the Butare Diocese. The church is in danger of being closed down by the government as it is not up to acceptable building standards. The congregation of 200 mainly live in abject poverty, 80% of the children do not attend school. This doesn’t stop a fair number turning out to tend the church garden.

We have not done any work in this parish, we were just on a fact finding mission, but we were greeted with the usual enthusiasm. The message ‘thank you for coming to see us’ is echoed in every place we visit. They feel that the support we offer is second to the fact that we care enough to come and see them.

These are a people who often feel forgotten. The genocide was only 24 years ago and most live with the mental scars if not the physical ones. So many lost everything and most of the folk we met today were orphans or widows from that horror. They are still struggling to rebuild their lives. Something as simple as a pig can make such a difference to these families.

After many photo’s, handshakes. questions and poor attempts at Kinyarwandan we said goodbye, well ‘murabeho’ actually, and headed back down the hill.
As we were only a few minutes from the Burundi border we took time to be tourists and, after our driver negotiated a pass, strolled through the barrier to take photos of the Akagera River and Burundi on the other side.

After a quick drink at the guest house (fast food is a foreign concept here – it took 30mins to make a smoothie!!) we used our afternoon off to walk to the Rwandan Museum where we were given an interesting tour by a well educated young man with perfect English.
It has taken three visits to Rwanda to finally find time to be tourists for a few hours.

This morning we met with Bishop Nathan and some of his staff, it was great to meet up with him again and he even remembered some of the cockney rhyming slang we taught him on our last visit!!

Then it was back on the road to the Mubumbano Vocational Training Centre. WOW what a transformation. The last time we were here the buildings were empty shells in need of restoration, today they house 130 non academic students learning practical skills. They are in dire need of tools and equipment but sang and danced for us with a joy we could only dream about.

Running late again it was back to the Nehemiah Coffee Shop at the guest house for lunch


Then on to Nkamatira where a parish project has included the building of a nursery school, 3 water tanks, as well as training, provision of goats and water containers. There were no ‘Sunday best’ clothes in this village!!!

Once again we were greeted with enthusiastic song and dance, even the Bishop strutted his stuff.

The nursery is not quite complete but it will soon provide for over 100 children in the parish

The church is badly in need of a floor, currently it is just mud and very dusty. We can only begin to imagine what it is like when it rains. Most of the congregation do not have a Bible (in Africa they are personally owned not a church resource).
The toys made by the children were inspirational and Paul couldn’t resist trying them out.

Ian however found a new girlfriend (but don’t tell carol)!!!

It is a good thing we don’t make decisions about further support until we return home as we could easily have spent all the CHI funds today alone. We are constantly reminded by our partners here that all we can do is ‘plan and pray and God will do the rest’. There is a great deal of praying being done here.

A night of thunderstorms and torrential rain caused some trepidation as we left for Gikonko School situated around 5000 ft above sea level. The road to Gikonko has always been a challenge. Prayers were said for journey mercies and we were off


Much to our delight the rain stopped, the road has been improved and widened almost beyond recognition and thankfully we arrived without any fearful moments, in no small part due to Pastor Emmanuel and his skilful driving.

This boarding school is an inspiration. It excels in many areas despite facing huge challenges as many of the pupils here come from very poor families and are unable to pay the fees

.The cow provided some years ago is alive and well and has multiplied and the school now has 3 cows and another one due. These cows provide milk for the students and the aim is to increase the herd to at least six.

The school has performed so well that the government has provided them with 100 laptop computers. What progress from our last visit 5 years ago, when we saw 12 computer towers all of which were in need of repair. We subsequently sent funds for that purpose. These computers are now used for maintenance and repairs.

The children are well disciplined, very smart and the school has a very happy atmosphere. They have performed well in sports and their girls handball team is the top national team


After a time of discussion and light refreshment it was on to Butare (Huye) our home until Sunday. We have very limited internet here but will endeavour to post the blog each day.

We are struck, as we drive through the country and speak to many people, by the sense of purpose and determination we see. They don’t just have innovative ideas and wait for someone else to provide the means. As we have heard many times, they plan, pray, do what they can and leave it in God’s hands. The outcome is amazing. It is such a privilege to be a small part of the huge changes we are seeing here.


We had a wonderful start to the day when Brigitte, our sponsored nurse from Gikomero Health Centre, arrived at the Guest House. She had made a special journey before work to bring us a gift made especially for us by her family. Two days ago we heard how she works every day and does not get much time with her family as the clinic is so short of staff.

Today she brought us a gift which must have taken a considerable amount of her valuable family time. How much clearer could it be that support for these nurses is really appreciated? We were so touched by this very special gift..

Next stop Shyogwe Health Centre where we toured the maternity ward and saw some of the beds we had provided four years ago


The centre was well kept and seemed to be efficiently run despite overflowing with patients waiting to be seen. One man was lying on the waiting room floor having apparently fainted; there was no one to attend to him.

Despite being connected to the mains and having 3 water tanks the clinic often runs out of water. They need 4 more tanks to meet their needs.

Then on to St Peters School where we operate a School Partner project. Our tour was cut short rather abruptly when today’s thunderstorm hit, but we were able to see the workshop we had funded and the gardens where good quantities of vegetables were being grown for the students’ meals. Funds sent by CHI had been used to purchase the seeds.

We were given lunch and were amused to find the gravy in a washing up bowl!!!

We didn’t see the cow previously purchased which had apparently gone blind and been sold!!!! Yes day 8 and we have lost the plot 😉

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Today Paul has been asked to preach at the parish church in Gisanga.

We were collected at 8am for the one hour journey on the dancing road. This country definitely has more than 1000 hills!!! Services here start at 9.30am and last for three hours. Worship Rwanda style is very different from that which we experience at home. The church is filled with joy and exuberance despite the uncomfortable looking mud pews. Thankfully, as ‘honored guests‘, we had chairs.

The majority of the congregation were young people and, as this was the one week in the month when the four chapels which make up this parish all come to the parish church, the church was full to overflowing with some standing outside listening to the service through the windows and doors. No pressure on Paul then!!!

The choirs from all the churches sang and danced. We attempted to follow the Kinyarwandan hymn book and join in the worship (not entirely successfully) and then it was time for Paul to preach. His sermon was taken from Psalm 19 and translated by Pastor Jean Pierre from Shyogwe Diocese. We have to trust it was translated accurately because he received a round of applause at the end


Having been photographed with all the key people in the church we were directed to enter the pastors house for lunch. The many members of the congregation watching on were not being given the chance to say hello so, in true CHI style we caused a little havoc and went to meet them. Not wanting to worry Kevin but he may have a rival!!!


This impoverished community have spent five years building a new church big enough to hold them all and a few hundred besides. Their belief that the church will grow does not allow room for doubt. The church has been constructed brick by brick as means allowed but now they have reached the roof. 167 roofing sheets and framework will cost around £4000. Most cannot even afford a bible!!! But we are left in no doubt the roof will go on. Will we be able to play a part? More for us to consider on our return.

Back to the guest house by 1.30pm and a welcome afternoon off. The sun shone and we headed out for a walk to the church on Zion Hill. Yep, up another hill.

An interesting chat with a very intelligent young man over a cup of tea rounded off our afternoon nicely.

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Shyogwe Guest House is fairly new, we have electricity and hot running water (in some of the rooms at least). A pleasant breakfast, no porridge in Shyogwe, but the regulation omelette soon appeared.

Then it was off to Gikomero to meet with Bridgitte the nurse supported through our Nurse + Project. This was our first opportunity to meet her but we felt we knew her already from her letters and photo’s. She greeted us like long lost friends and became quite emotional as she tried to convey her appreciation for the support she has received, she wanted to say so much but did not have good enough English to express herself. A great deal of smiling, hand shaking and hugging delivered the message very clearly


As we stood talking with the clinic director, Carmen seemed to collect children – two hands to hold just weren’t enough

This health centre, started just 6 years ago with one microscope in a small house, the pastor’s wife (a nurse) started doing blood tests to check for malaria and other parasites. With funding from the local government and some input from larger charities, this health centre now consists of 4 new buildings treating up to 150 patients a day plus 20 beds and a maternity unit. The staff consist of eight nurses, only two of whom are qualified to degree level. Five are government funded, the Diocese have to fund the rest, they have never had a visit from a doctor!!!

The challenges are immense, lack of medicines, equipment and a broken water pump are just a few of the challenges faced, the staff however, far from moaning and complaining, work very long hours, smile, praise God for the things they are able to achieve and pray they will be paid at the end of the month (there are no guarantees).


We have been in Rwanda less than a week but in our hearts have already allocated all our available funds, our heads of course will not make final decisions until we return to the UK.

The rain continues to make the roads interesting although many have been improved beyond recognition. There is real progress being made by the government here improving the infrastructure and supporting rural communities, but there is still so much to be done.

This morning we said goodbye to Kigali and headed south to Shyogwe Diocese, our home for the next 3 days.

A warm welcome from Bishop Jered, some light refreshment and a tour of the training centre found us running an hour late. The scheduled 1.5 hour lunch was achieved in 20 minutes and it was back on the road to Gisanga where we are supporting a Parish Project


The main roads in Rwanda are fairly good, but once off the main road it is a different story. They are commonly known as ‘dancing roads’ or as Bishop Jered explained, a free massage, we have yet to be convinced!!! One hour and well massaged later we arrived in one of the driest areas of Rwanda we have yet experienced.

The new school building had been funded by the government but, in order to create enough land for the building, the Pastor had given the land he used to grow food for his family. 1002 children and 14 teachers attend this school, the books we had purchased will never be enough!!!

We saw the water tanks we had provided and visited the head teachers house where some repairs had been funded.

We are so humbled by the welcome we receive wherever we go and the constant message is, your practical support is valuable but your visit means so much. These people have so little, they feel forgotten and find it hard to believe anyone cares enough to come all this way to see them. The stories we hear are heartbreaking but they put on their best clothes, smile and praise God for our visit.

There is so much we can do to improve lives here, the first phase of this project is complete but we think a phase two is looking likely.

Another thunderstorm saw us seeking shelter in the pastor’s house, how can he possibly minister to his people living in these conditions? After some discussion we learn that he has no transport and his attendance at parish meetings requires him to walk the distance it took us an hour to drive.

We left Gisanga at 6pm in heavy rain for a 7pm dinner date with the Bishop, is it very bad manners to keep a Bishop waiting!!? No time to change but he didn’t seem to mind.

A very pleasant evening with some traditional dance, joining in was not an option, we’re not sure our version was quite up to scratch.


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Rwanda is known as the land of 1000 hills and today we seem to have been up and down 999 of them as we visited two more remote parishes and met more sponsored children. What a blessing and a privilege it is to hear the testimonies of these families and to witness their joy at the hope they feel they have been given for the future. It is also humbling when we visit their homes and are welcomed like long lost family.

Alphonsine (below) was so overwhelmed she could not stop dancing and singing praises to God.

We saw two cows funded in 2015, each of which had produced calves, and heard about the difference such a relatively small gift was making to the welfare of the parishes. The calf was called Joy of Christmas, guess when it was born??

The view from the top of the hills would have been far better without the thunderstorm that accompanied us for the latter part of the day, neither travelling or holding a conversation under a tin roof are easy in the rain.


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A quick breakfast and we were on the road again. A major change since we were last in Kigali is the volume of car traffic. This city has grown and developed beyond recognition since we were last here in 2013.

A 30 minute drive and we arrived at Kikangahara for a visit to Hope Academy Nursery School. Supported through our School Partners Project this building now has new windows, doors and a coat of paint, inside and out. A security fence and play equipment make it a happy place for the children to come. As with all the church run facilities they take the poorest children who cannot afford the privately run facilities. Without these Nurseries pre school age children would often be left alone whilst the parents went off in search of work. They are now reasonably well equipped with desks and chairs but are in desperate need of other basic educational materials.

Next stop Bumbogo, we had very clear memories of this journey on our previous trip and approached it with some trepidation, located at the top of the hill the road had proved a challenge. As we headed off the tarmac we held our breath, but amazingly the road was flat and as we wound our way up the hill it became apparent the government policy of providing improved roads to the more remote villages was having an impact. We arrived at Bumbogo in record time.

A visit to their new nursery school, built by a larger charity, found 167 children in 4 classrooms. They had benches but no tables or any educational materials, this was best demonstrated when the children proudly showed off their counting abilities, using discarded bottle tops!! For the first time ever we met children with special needs in school, the young girl on the mat was a wheelchair user, how anyone uses a wheelchair on these hill tracks is beyond us. Despite the lack of materials the children were happy and greeted us with songs. A relatively small sum could make a huge impact in these classes


Entering the church we were greeted by the children sponsored through CHI and their guardians singing and dancing in praise to God for the opportunity to be sponsored.

The testimonies given by both children and adults left us in no doubt of the value of sponsorship, the additional benefits from sponsorship in the Gasabo Project gave us a great deal to think about.

After a hot lunch it was on again to Kinyinya and yet another nursery which was in the process of construction when we last visited. Here we met more of our sponsored children and had the opportunity to visit two of them in their homes.


The highlight of the day was probably Ian meeting his sponsored child at Bumbogo Parish.

Over all a very encouraging day as, despite the obvious ongoing hardships, the support offered through CHI sponsorship really does seem to be having an impact which goes far beyond providing a basic education.


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The ‘new’ Kigali guest house sits in the Cathederal compound which we can see from our rooms.

The day started with a breakfast we didn’t expect…. porridge!!! That said it was very pleasant and followed by fresh pineapple was a good start to the day.

We were then visited by Merard, a very eloquent and successful young man who was one of CHI’s early sponsored children. Now married with two children of his own and a successful career in the Kigali planning dept. his is definitely a story to encourage any would be sponsors.

A walk to the local ‘shops’ to stock up with water and it was back in time to be collected by Arch Bishop Onesphore for lunch at his home. En route a visit to two church plants in the Gasabo Diocese, The first in Gisozi Parish had a foundation but worship was in a ‘big top’ not allowed under Kigali law.

The second at Batsinda (meaning ‘they always win’) where the land and rather sorry buildings had recently been purchased. However a small mothers union group were enjoying a time of worship.

Over lunch and through the afternoon a time of discussion with AB Onesphore and his wife Josephine regarding the work of CHI and the impact it has in the lives of those supported and the impact on their ministry.

Tomorrow the work starts in earnest!!!

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