Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Graduates








Marie Jean





Theophile, our tailor, made his shirt for the graduation!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Week Off - Kind Of

Well we are having some time off before graduation. The week that grad is on, is a week of preparation. I have a speech I'll have to prepare. It will be easier this time than the first time, I hope. And with that, of course, I had to come down with that throat thing that I get on a regular bases. It starts in the back of the nose and works it's way down to the throat and on into the chest with a little coughing!!! Not fun, and this time it seems to have hit a bit harder. Must be the situation, relaxing after working hard for 6 months!!! (Am so looking forward to the time off we have given ourselves after grad, about three weeks. Have lots planned for that but not too much!!!

A week ago or so, Alphonsine got herself some material at the market and had someone make a top and skirt and there was some left over and she got me to make a dress for her niece. It turned out not too bad!
Sorry no head shot as "the hair wasn't done"!

Some more outfits that the ladies made that I just got pictures of, they did a great job! These were taken on the last day of school, the 23rd, we asked them to dress up in one of their outfits they had made. We had a bit of a party too!
This was an outfit made by one of the students for her son!
We also gave out some awards!
Best Mark on the Bible test!
Toe socks for best mark on bags and collar test
Top attendance in AM Class
Top attendance in PM Class
Top mark for sewing test, she had a pick of material.
The new sewing school is getting more completed. Alex is hoping that it will be finished by the time we come back from our break!!!

The hawks are trying to get the little chicks. Now that the hens have been taken they are fending for themselves. Today there was a hawk, but the other day there was this big hawk. We now down to 10 chicks. Really hoping there will be one for Thanksgiving, and one for Christmas. Really missed that last year!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

An Eventful Day

First off we went to the sewing school and dropped off our stuff and then headed over to the preschool and met up with Alex. The first visited the Middle class and the Top class before heading over by moto to Franswa's house.
Middle Class
Top Class
Franswa's house, wall partially up.
More bricks made and drying.
Peter in one room, Chaze in one and Alex in a third, and I'm taking the photo in the forth. Nice size for a small family.
Brown skirt I finished off. If Zilipa comes up with the money, it's her's!

When I got home I found that someone had cut the screen on our wall with the holes! Above you can see the three cuts. (top two rows and the bottom one). When Peter saw it, he noticed some tools missing, all ones that he had bought here, pliers, wrenches and a cheap screwdriver set.  Seems it must have been done sometime between Sunday morning and today.

We are praising God that none of us were harmed and that the damage is minimal, we've been here a year and God has protected us.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Dryness Pictures and Party

We printed off some picture of the students and put them up with the first class pictures. They got pretty excited when they saw them.

It is pretty dry here right now. It has rained the last 3 nights. Hoping to get a lot more soon and plant the garden.

One candle for each decade.

Cutting the cake, note the chocolate, nut spread for the icing.

It wasn't ice cream but oh well!

Last Thursday, August 15th was Assumption Day here, an observed holiday. So we stayed in Nyagatare, went to the market (wasn't observed there!), and a few other places. And we saw the donkey! This donkey is like a mascot here. He was left here when the RPF came in from the north in 1994 to stop the Genocide. He is so old, goes where he pleases and is known by everyone.
Finally got a pic of him, and you can see Peter and Alphonsine in the back ground. listening to all the hecklers watching on while I take a photo of the donkey.

Saturday, August 17, 2013


 These are some of the bags we've been making lately. 
Small bags with no straps.
Small bags with straps.
Shoulder bags with an outside zippered pocket and two pockets inside - one zippered.
A view of the inside. Thanks to Peter's old unused Tim's Card!!!
A view of the inside of the small bags with straps. Thanks again to Peter's old unused Tim's Card!!!