That’s a pretty standard question I get. Well here it goes… Darren, my soon to be 10-year-old son, and I are going to Rwanda, Africa.
Let me back up and explain how all this came to be. As parents of two growing boys my husband Jeff and I wanted our boys to understand the larger concept of giving back. As a family we volunteer in our community and surrounding communities, but we decided we wanted to tie in a global aspect to giving back. In searching for a way for our family to go about giving back I came across Africa New Life through Love41, an online retailer supporting projects in Rwanda, Africa.
From the Africa New Life website: “Africa New Life exists to break the cycle of poverty in Rwanda by providing education, spiritual insight and basic necessities to poor children and families.”
After doing my due diligence and combing over the organizations financial documents to see how the sponsorship monies are allocated, we decided to sponsor a child. On a cold, gray, winter day we huddled around the computer screen and welcomed Iraguha Dieudone into our family. He loves soccer and wants to be a policeman when he grows up and now, because of our sponsorship, he can go to school. We write letters to Dieudone and he writes letters back to us. We have a picture of him and under the picture it lists how many brothers and sisters he has; next to brothers it had 0. As soon as Darren and Graham got a hold of the picture they scribbled out the 0 next to brothers and replaced that with 2.
As time went on we continued to support the work that Love41 promotes and enjoyed our correspondence with Dieudone. Suzette, the founder of Love41, posed a question to me that has changed the trajectory of our lives; would you come to Rwanda, see the difference your caring support has created, and build a lasting connection with the children who hunger for love? YES, yes we will!
Our family is a team and as a team we decided that Darren and I would go to Rwanda and Jeff and Graham would stay on the home front. We depart on Friday, May 31st for our long journey to Rwanda.
Our intention for this blog is to be a record of our experience for us to treasure and share with our family and friends. Enjoy!