this week we've been helping out with a vbs--it has been fun and super crazy! we have had about 2000-2500 kids every day. each day they sing, play games, learn a Bible lesson, and have some crafts and more lessons in their classrooms. in my classroom i had 100 kids! each child also receives a hard boiled egg for snack time.
we presented the women with their sewing machines and a basket of supplies to start their new businesses this week! we made them close their eyes while we brought out the baskets and when they opened them, they were so excited about what they saw. there are still a few more weeks of training and learning how to make rwandan clothing, and then the women will be ready to start their own businesses.
took a walk on a rainy sunday afternoon!
isaac and the boys are on a 3 week break from school! after picking isaac up on tuesday, we headed up to gisenyi to spend the afternoon at lake kivu. we walked around on the beach, and enjoyed a lovely lunch of brouchettes and chips (shish kebabs and fries) at la serena hotel. and isaac played on the swings and a little merry-go-round for the first time ever!
over the past few weeks, a few friends in arizona have had house parties to share the story of "sew rwanda" and to sell the products that the women have been making. the response has been amazing. this is the video that we showed to introduce rwanda and to introduce the women that are in our group.
the project is already making a huge impact in the women's lives.
at 1:20 in the video, you see a house with a rock floor. that is donata's house. with the money that she has made from the project, she has been able to put concrete in almost all of the rooms. that is a great blessing to her, especially since her family doesn't have a mattress to sleep on! madalina has rented a small plot of land in order to be able to grow her own food for her family. solange has been able to buy milk for her twins and they are growing stronger every day. they have all said that they are excited to have their own businesses and are excited to be able to send their children to school. a few have also told us that they want to teach their children how to sew too, so that they can have their own businesses in the future as well.
fidelity is as cute as ever! she does this adorable little bear walk and then slowwwwly stands to her feet.
in other news...please be praying for isaac. he has been sick for a few weeks and we can't figure out what is going on. all the tests have been inconclusive. we have him home from school this weekend (he is usually boarding), to try to figure it out.
just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped with our sew rwanda project. the response has been overwhelming, and we are excited to say that we raised enough money to buy each person her own machine! we also are going to have a little bit extra, and we are praying about different opportunities and ideas. we have a few ideas--maybe renting the ladies a spot in the market for a few months that they can take over once we leave. or maybe buying a small plot of land near the Bible study to be used as a community "garden" (where they can all come together and grow different foods for their families). once we have a plan, i will be sure to update!
thank you to: Carol, Kerrie, Amanda, and Deanne for hosting the parties. thank you also to angie, for donating
desserts; and to judy, for donating
; and to kathryn for donating
kids napkins; and to rebecca for donating cards from the
!!! and a big thank you to everyone who attended a party, made a purchase or donated; and those who are praying for the success of these ladies' new businesses! :)
a few weeks ago, while my aunt was visiting, we took the sewing group out to lunch at "shakeys." it is a traditional rwandan restaurant--self service; with fries, rice, spaghetti, boiled potatoes, beans, squash, spinach, and some other food. for the buffet and a soda, the total cost comes to $2 per person! this was their first time to eat in a restaurant ever! they were so excited and were laughing and chatting the whole way there.
the group at shakeys---my aunt and i carried babies on our backs on the walk there. it was fun!
in other sewing news...the ladies are getting better and better everyday! they are really excited to learn and are working really hard.
all our little babies are growing up so fast! fidelity is now 8 months old, and can stand up without even pulling herself up on anything..she has such good balance. she'll be walking before we know it! jocelyn is nearly 3 months and is always a content, happy baby.
little adolf just turned a year old and is crawling like crazy! every time we turn around he is into something. him and fidelity are quickly becoming best friends, although they like to make each other cry.
the twins are getting bigger and stronger every day and they love laughing and smiling! they hang out on their blankets in the grass under the shade of their umbrella every day. for 5 months old, they are still tiny; but we have seen them really grow in the time that we've known them. and i can still never remember which twin is which!