Been There, Done That...

So, after 8 land-border crossings, 9 inter-Africa flights, countless matatu bus and moto taxi rides....here is a list of what I did over the past 2 1/2 months. I've been back stateside for a little over a week now and am trying to adjust to life back in the Big Apple. It has been such a rewarding, memorable and fulfilling trip and I'm so lucky to have met so many amazing people along the way. Missing Africa already!

There are still follow-up issues that need to be sorted out, such as selling the rest of my T-shirts, so I can transfer funds to Gisimba Orphanage and Voices of Rwanda by the end of the year.

DONE:

  1. Interviewed and photographed 20 orphans needing sponsors at Gisimba orphanage
  2. Delivered 13 boxes of donated clothes, soccer balls, medical supplies, toys and books to Gisimba Orphanage.
  3. Engaged children in art projects and making a music video with them.
  4. Photographed, printed and mounted pictures of the 150 Gisimba preschool students.
  5. Transcribed in English, an 8 hour genocide survivor testimony. (Voices of Rwanda)
  6. Helped with a filming of a testimony. (Voices of Rwanda)
  7. Coordinated office logistics and some operational duties (Voices of Rwanda)
  8. Successfully shipped 7 boxes of tapes and computers to Voices of Rwanda
  9. Coordinated the delivery of approx. 500 professional artist canvases to Rwanda for distribution at various organizations
  10. Visited my 2 sponsored children in Western Kenya. Delivered food and supplies to both families.
  11. Donated various other supplies (meds, baby formula, books, clothes, balls to other organizations in Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and Zanzibar)
  12. Distributed 5 boxes of Plumpy Nut to malnourished children in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya.
SAW:
  1. Visited 4 orphanages (2 in Rwanda, 1 in Uganda, 1 in Zanzibar)
  2. 3 genocide memorial sites
  3. 1 Congolese refugee camp in Burundi
  4. 1 Genocidaire Prision

FUN:

  1. Hiked and camped on top of the active Nyiragongo Volcano in DR Congo.
  2. River rafted class 5 rapids in Jinja, Uganda.
  3. Attended a Rwandan wedding negotiation ceremony
  4. Camped at an eco-lodge/bird sanctuary island in Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda
  5. Played beach volleyball by Lake Tanganyika, nestled between UN base camps in Burundi.
  6. Hung out with Maasai warriors and chilled by the beach on the sultry island of Zanzibar.
  7. Saw the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt on a day stopover in Eygpt.
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