I woke up this morning to Amazing Grace. Now, if my husband or one of my kids was wailing in the shower at 6am I’m not sure how pleased I’d be. But when a vulnerable kid living in the house behind you does it (eventually with added harmonies from his housemates) you can’t help but smile and think that it isn’t the worst way to wake up. Sometimes I wonder if when they wake up they have to let the music out because it’s been trapped inside them all night. I’m pretty sure that’s it. Me, I’ll just have some coffee, thank you.
In the morning I like to sit outside and just listen. I don’t meditate, I can’t, I’ve tried and my mind moves too fast and so I end up frustrated. I do suppose, however, just sitting and listening to the birds and the kids and the cows and the neighbors in the morning is as close to meditation as I’ll ever get. And watching the sunrise is pretty cathartic also. Maybe I’m more chill than I thought. Maybe Rwanda just makes me that way. The work days here are long and intense, and often quite emotional. Offsetting that with a quiet, peaceful morning is a good thing.
We sat in on an English class. It rivaled classes in the states at elite private schools. All the kids were engaged and interested, and respectful of each other. Truly amazing and inspirational, watching these kids learn.
One highlight of the day was visiting the Solar Field. It is bigger than I could have ever imagined. Our visit happened to coincide with the visit of the Minister of Infrastructure, who was lovely. We walked and I have to say, Gigawatt’s timeline is impressive. It will be complete in 25 days, and the first panels will go live THIS Saturday, about 25% of the field. I’ll try to post photos but they will not do it justice. This was Anne’s dream, to have this solar field, to bring Israeli technology to Rwanda, to make the country better. They are planting a mango tree and dedicating the field to Anne in her memory. Amazingly, the view from the top is better than from the Village- talk about seeing far! I don’t think when this all started any of us could even dream of such a distance.
Best part was, Minister Silas asked is he could come see the Village! So we gave him a tour, and he spoke with the kids in one of the houses, and turns out he came from a life like theirs. He connected well with the group and loved the Village. Best part is I asked for more Internet bandwith, and they said of course, they would be happy to help. It’s good to have friends in strategic places! All fun unexpected surprises during a busy day, but that’s how we roll.
The whole Village is abuzz about the Stand Up Rwanda event tomorrow. Everyone is helping out. The First Lady of Rwanda is coming and security is tight. The kids and staff are painting, practicing, cleaning and building. It’s like a crazy Aunt Hill will all the people running and doing. It’s going to be great, I’m sure.
Last Night I went to Joseph son of Jacob’s House for family time, a group of first year girls. (Yes, that is their house name!) They asked me personal questions, we talked about the event, and then we played a few games, including Simon Says. I don’t know any American families who get together every night for one hour to get to know each other better and discuss things and just be silly. Maybe we can take a lesson from the Village…
Writing speeches, sending emails, preparations, staff meetings, talking to the kids, eating rice. That’s about it for today. Wish us luck for a successful fundraiser and friend-raiser, the first ever in Rwanda!