DAY 22 – KIBUNGO TO BYUMBA

Cases repacked yet again and an early start as we leave Kibungo for the first leg of our journey to Byumba.

Our first crisis was encountered at 6.30am when Joff discovered there was no coffee at breakfast, he needs at least two cups before he can start the day. Cases and a grumpy Joff loaded in the car we set off.

On the vastly improved roads this proved to be a straightforward journey and we arrived back in Kigali in record time with the car still in one piece!!

We were greeted like old friends at the guest house, which was our agreed handover stop, and had time to enjoy a much needed cup of coffee before saying a sad farewell to Lawrence our driver and Asifiwe, who has been our constant friend and companion during our time in Kibungo.

A quick trip to the shops to stock up on water and our transport to Byumba arrived in the form of Robert and driver Cyprien. We were quickly joined by Bishop Emmanuel who was attending a House of Bishops meeting at the guest house and had popped out during the break to say hello and apologise that he would be unable to join us until Friday when he returns to Byumba.

Then it was back on the road, for the one and a half hour journey to Byumba, the days of pot holes and rock falls across this road are long gone and this has cut the journey time considerably. The scenery is stunning as the road twists and turns up the ever higher hills.

            

Almost reassuringly, the Byumba guest house has not changed at all, and for the first time since we arrived in Rwanda we actually have coat hangers and can unpack our cases.

       

After a time to unpack and grab a coffee it was time to visit the Youth Union Bakery which CHI had helped to fund. This venture was planned and set up by the local Youth Union to create a self sustaining business and offer employment to the local youth. It was growing successfully prior to Covid but has taken a substantial knock back over the last two years. During Covid they used their profits to provide food for those in need in the local community, leaving themselves with no reserves to fall back on. These determined young men have not given up however, and production is well underway again, although rising prices and a lack of transport are hindering their growth.  We were treated to a tour of the ‘factory’ where the baker Jean de Dieu demonstrated his bread and cake baking skills. Everything is cooked in an oven heated by logs, we have no idea how he controls the temperature and he seems to know instinctively when things are cooked as there are no clocks or timers here.

      

      

After a government inspection the only fault found was that the mixer was not big enough, we were a little concerned about the electrics though.

We watched stunned as Jean de Dieu removed the tray from the oven with his bare hands, oven gloves are obviously for wimps.

After the tour we enjoyed a time of discussion with the Youth Union members, all university graduates with other jobs within the Diocese, and learned more about their savings scheme and how it is helping local youth union members set up their own businesses and have hope of a better future.

2 thoughts on “DAY 22 – KIBUNGO TO BYUMBA

  1. Paul & Joan says:

    Great to see how the Bakery project has grown and how the students have used their profit to support those in the community. It seems that there is lots of potential to develop this project. Have they had much success with the Piggery project that I believe they were hoping to set up. One question; The shower bathroom looks good but does it actually deliver what it’s meant to? Be blessed and be a blessing.

    • CHI Team says:

      This morning we had hot water, not enough to shower but sufficient to get clean. So I guess the answer is yes.
      Read day 23 for a piggery project update.

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