The assignment is over and I will be home in a few days. This has been a tremendous experience, made possible by the generous financial support of many family members, friends, and fellow parishioners, who thus have participated in drinking water improvement in the Kicukiro district of Kigali. This assignment was the first step to move from the “scoop hole” situation pictured below to sufficient coverage with public kiosks of piped water (shown after).
This small country is the most densely populated of Africa, and with its nickname of the “Land of Thousand Hills” and its drive for cleanliness and business, could become the “Switzerland of Africa”. Three adjectives about Rwanda come to mind: resilient (overcoming the tragedy of the genocide), resourceful (making do with what they have), and youthful (young, energetic population).