Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Meet Ruddy School

I know who is Ruddy School. 
No one, it was just to get a catchy title to blog about 
our rooster, a meeting, and the preschool!

 We caught our Rooster having a fight with himself in our mirrored windows!

This is the Preschool classroom building.
First classroom

First classroom other side

Second classroom - needs a bit more work on it, and desks.

Third classroom - foundation.

The mud bricks are ready.

Some scaffolding we see quite a bit of over here.
Our meeting today with all the students, well 34 of them.
An outdoor picture.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bags & Lectures

AM Class
AM class
PM Class with their bags. Theophile has the one he made in the PM class for me, Todoziya, Yvonne, Zilipa, Grace, Peresi, Alvaste, Irena, Delphine, Febronie, Donata.
PM Class
PM Class

I graded their bags for them am really impressed with their skill after only 1.5 months of sewing!
Now they get teaching from Theophile who will help them learn to measure and cut out patterns for others and themselves.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Wedding and Sewing

Peter went to a wedding on Saturday (I needed to rest - hopefully I will get more energy soon to go 7 days of the week!) Jovia was one of our first 20 students at the sewing school and she got married Saturday! Peter took some pictures for me........

The students are doing great on their sewing projects!

This is the AM Class with their bags
 Left to Right: Eppy (our translator is holding Jane's bag), Mutesi, Esther, Theodette, Judith, Eveliannna, Julienne, Theo (our teacher made his own), Denise, Bonifirida, and Marie Jean.
All of them did a great job!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Saturday Yard Work

Saturday's are the only day we have time for yard work and it's starting to look pretty good!

Chicken coop and nests need to be finished.

Replanted lemon grass for when Leona & Fraser come so I'll have lots of lemon tea.

The grass whip actually works!

The chickens enjoying the yard.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

This Week And Last

Just a few things that have happened that may be of interest! We've been busy with another conference at the church, we had a DTS fellow student come and stay with us and played with the kids - he's a football coach! And the sewing students - more bags!
Dieudonne (red hat and red shirt) taught football and left a ball with the preschool. The kids loved him!
Alphonsine and Dieudonne singing before our prayer time at night, in our home!
The church floor and stage were completed - no more dirt floors, and decorated for the conference!
I got my toe socks finally done! Thanks Esther for all the supplies!
This is the PM class zippered bags with short or long straps/handles. They did a great job!
This is the AM class zippered bags - they used scraps from the scrap box! You can see some are full and being used already!
Bus ride to Kigali on Saturday morning! (about 3 hours)
'Moto'ering around Kigali - this is the Bill Gates convention centre (or something like that - that's what we've been told) going up.
This week, April 7th to the 14th is a memorial week of the 1994 Genocide, that happened 19 years ago. We only held classes for the morning, so each class came for two days this week, and no school on Friday. We were in Kigali on Mon. and Tues. Peter was up to the market in Nyagatare this afternoon and everything was closed. Very weird and unlike the normal, he said. And unlike Kigali - there were lots open while we were there. It is good to see that they still are remembering and want generations to come to know about it and not have it happen again! President Paul Kagame's memorial speech was good and a few things stuck out to me - (we watched on TV in our room in Kigali and I bought the newspaper featuring the events held on Sunday, April 7th.)

".... our history must be taught in schools so that those who were very young in 1994 or those born after will learn about the nefarious consequences of bad leadership, which led to the genocide...."


".... some countries that harbour genocide suspects but persistently refuse to bring them to justice even where there is ample evidence. Those countries must do the right thing and face up to their responsibility to fight and punish the crime of genocide."


"... I urge the survivors of genocide to remain strong and courageous, and ask all Rwandans to be close to them and help them through this difficult period of remembrance."

So today we were back at the sewing school and I introduced straight pins to the class. There is a particularly hard part in this new bag we are sewing up, that makes it a little easier to sew with pins. I've a limited amount of my own, and until the ones come with Leona (Thanks again Esther and Leona) I am lending them 4 pins for each machine, that get handed in at the end of each class along with the bobbins and bobbin cases! Yes we get them to hand in the bobbins and bobbin cases at the end of each class - we've had a few go missing in the last set of students.
I'll be so glad when they get their own, but not as glad as they will be - They are excited about my 'sister' coming, but I'm more excited then they are!
Well, until next time .......


Well, I saw the doctor yesterday. We had not been to see him for two months now, at his request. I had gone in the day before to get some blood tests done that he wanted done before he saw me. The results of the ESR were back up to 40, where 20 is normal. I had been feeling some swelling in my hands and feet but thought that was because I was eating more salt in my food and that it was hot.
I told him I had some pains in my chest since our last visit and that caused a chain of events to get more tests done, of course! He's a good doctor.
So, it was 8 AM when we got there, we didn't see him until about 10:30 AM and 1 PM before we left the hospital.
I know you are all wondering ---- the ECG!!!! The ECG was normal! Nothing wrong with my heart, it's in the right place and beating well on schedule! BUT, I probably have a very bad indigestion problem! SO, more pills to take, (Alphonsine is not going to like that!) and more tests to get done. SO, blood tests, consultation, and medication came to 97,130 RWF ($151.77) a wee bit more than we usually pay on a visit to the hospital each month, but we know it needed to be done. Got a good sized folder full of paper work - we'll see what our insurance company can do for us.
I've not been feeling any more poorly, just a bit more tired than when we started last year in Aug. so I'm sure there's no need for concern!
We are so feeling great about the work we can do here! I just love seeing the progress the ladies are taking right now, and it is very rewarding!
God has been so good to us, and we do feel at home here. We do miss our family and friends but internet is an awesome way to keep connected now a days - unlike what missionaries could do years ago!
So you can pray for us and our health.....