Friday, June 1, 2012

Day 5: Tuesday

Today we started the day with the word perseverance in mind, as we continued to work on various service projects around the village. Some of us spent time in the farm or kitchen while others helped with landscaping and construction projects.

Before lunch, we met again as a group and had another discussion regarding our experiences here at the village. We talked about the dilemma people face when choosing where to donate their money. The discussion was based around an essay written by the philosopher, Peter Singer. Following this discussion we had the opportunity to meet with the House Mamas and Big Brothers and Sisters (Counselors) for the various families in the village. It was very interesting to hear what they had to say about village life and their motivation behind their work at ASYV. One of the Mamas told us that what she enjoyed the most about ASYV was the fact that she could be a mother to someone who would not have a mother otherwise.

The rest of our afternoon was filled with a variety of activities including soccer, basketball, and yoga. It was a great opportunity to spend time with the students during their free time and admire their incredible talents.

Tomorrow we look forward to visiting Butare and the Murambi Genocide Memorial knowing that it will be both an emotional and powerful experience.

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