February brings OPPORTUNITY!

Giving someone a chance to show what they really can do!

We certainly have done that in the village of Luan. All of the houses have been repaired & rebuilt, the school roof has been fixed and the children are back in school. The remaining money raised is fixing some of the water pumps in the village and also helping families in the neighbouring village who are still living in makeshift shelter under tarps as the outside aid has been slow to help with rebuilding.

I was in Luan village last week and was met with incredible smiling faces & hearts wanting to express so much love and gratitude for what you have helped give them – HOPE!I will share more in the next few days about all of the building and photos to show you what has been done & my take on all of this!

But for now… the image for February (attached) ::

I had been out at a school in Eastern Rwanda with the SHE team. We had been giving an educational session with students at a rural school on menstrual health and hygiene. As always I was blown away with some of the myths that the children had been brought to believe from their families surrounding periods. The job we had was to educate, break down the taboo about speaking about it & combat some of the myths (I could write a whole post on this). 

We finished up the lessons and went out to the red dusty dirt road to wait for the moto drivers to show up. We met a group of women walking up the road babies on backs and loads on their heads and also children playing on the road. I handed over my phone to this young boy who started taking photos of the other kids and then turned the camera on me as I was taking some shots of him. One of the shots he took is the one of me, on the back of the calendar, taking this photo of him. He had such a great time with his friends taking photos & looking at them laughing. Photography has no language barriers!

P.S. The sticker on the phone is from an amazing group called Sevenly. Each week the support a different  cause and run a campaign raising awareness, educating people and fundraising through producing a great new t-shirt, singlet and sweatshirt with great designs. Check them out here or add them on Facebook to see their weekly cause!