19 June 2018
Talbot Heath Food Technology teacher, Joy Moran, gives an account of the preparations being made for the imminent visit to Rwanda, later this month:
‘Last year, during the trip to Rwanda, members of the TH staff were invited to spend the Sunday at Godfrey’s project in Nyanza. Following the church service, a class of around 100 children, plus several curious adults, gathered to participate in our Sunday school lesson. First, Mrs Smart and I made a valiant attempt to teach the assembled crowd a simple song in English. Our rendition of ‘He’s Got The Whole World in His Hands’ was carefully copied, line by line, with much enthusiasm by the children, but I think this year I may take my guitar so it sounds a little more melodious! The room then feel silent for a rather dramatic rendition of ‘The Good Samaritan’, promptly translated into Kinyarwanda. I have certainly never had such an attentive or substantial Sunday school group at home… The mess then began, with many of the children in the Sunday school having their first opportunity to experience hand printing, in preparation for a potential gift for our planned return the following year.
‘Eleven months later, and we have the finished result, ready to pack for our return journey. It will be hand delivered to that extraordinary valley in Rwanda, where the Dufatanye Project thrives in helping some of the poorest people you can imagine, work towards independence and self-sufficiency; a reminder of quite a special day last year, when we sang, learnt and created together.’