Sunday, February 26, 2006

One month down...

February 20 was my one month mark!

I started a soccer league at the transit center on Friday. The kids are so excited. Even the older men and women want to play, so we're setting up different age divisions and then setting up teams within them. It will hopefully get off the ground on Tuesday!

The youth also want to start an anti-AIDS theatre group, so I'm going to work with them on that.

AND--the best news from the transit center is that we not only got approval from HCR Kigali to put all the primary school refugee children into the local schools, but we also have enough money to buy all of them uniforms and books! (School is free, but if you can't afford a uniform, you automatically stand out as one of the poor kids....so we're very happy about this development!)

We're also going to provide kindergarten education at the transit center.

Unfortunately, the secondary school kids still can't go to the school...So we'll have to work on that. But good news so far!

4 Comments:

Anonymous Nirav said...

Its 1am on Sunday night in DC and since I have nothing better to do (read: I can't sleep and I have a paper due in a few days and this gets me away from it) I thought I'd drop a line. You wrote of the prevalence of alcoholism in the area that you are staying in -- do you know if this was prevalent before 1994? Are their programs that educate people about the dangers of their 'favorite past time?' I am sure that they are repressing some seriously violent memories, and that is sad. Back to my sheltered life and hope that the soccer league is fun!
Take care,
Nirav

PS -- The 'book' is all yours!

2/27/2006 1:08 AM  
Blogger Raff said...

What plays have you planned for the theater group? I think you should go for some Shakespearean grandeur....

2/28/2006 9:44 AM  
Blogger Morgan C. said...

nirav, lots of alcoholism even before 1994 because anyone with a banana tree in their backyard can make banana beer. a woman was beaten by her husband last night in the transit center because her husband was drunk. i think he was sent to the police.

raff, will keep shakespeare in mind. does Henry V address HIV-AIDS? :)

2/28/2006 10:36 AM  
Blogger Raff said...

He can address whatever you want him to. this is the beauty of the bard...

3/03/2006 7:31 PM  

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