May 18th, 2013

     Today we went to Les Enfants de Dieu, a center for young boys who live on the street. At the center there are boys ranging from ages 6 to 20 who have been taken off of the streets. At the center the boys are provided with a place to live, food, clothes, and even support in the outside world. Young boys are taught at the center, but the older boys attend local schools and are taught life skills so that they can eventually leave the center to return to family members or so that they can support themselves on their own.
    Our group had so much fun playing with the boys who seemed to have endless amounts of energy. The boys particularly enjoyed playing soccer and a modified version of volleyball. They also loved playing with everyone’s cameras. The boys would take cameras from us and would run around taking pictures of each other and with us. They loved making funny poses and showing the pictures to everyone. Our group also enjoyed watching the kids play traditional drums and perform traditional dances for us. A lot of us were in awe of the boys’ ability to play.
    Overall, it was a very fun and exhausting day that everyone seemed to enjoy.

–    Rachel Snead



Welcome to the AU Rwanda Alt Break blog.  Only three days left until the months of planning and pre-trip trainings come to fruition.  As we count down to Wednesday, I’m sure we are all scurrying around  trying to pick up last-minute items and pack for our journey.  This blog is here so that friends and family can stay up to date with what’s going on while we’re in Rwanda.  Everyone will get a chance to post here and to tell all the “tales from the land of a thousand hills,” as Mike puts it.  So tell grandpa to check it out!

P.S. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and grandmothers of the participants.  Without you, none of us would be here to go on this wonderful adventure.