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Final Preparations
July 16, 2010   Rwanda

While Fabienne is commuting Jerusalem< -->Bethlehem at least twenty times a day, busy with arranging music workshops in summer camps for hundreds of children with trainees of Musicians without Borders, I am left at home with all the last minute preparations…


Mosquito net.

Guitar strings.

A place to sleep on the first night…

Tomorrow night, at 1 AM, Ethiopian Airlines airplane will take off and fly downwards to Ethiopia, stop there, continue to Uganda, stop there, and then continue to Rwanda, where we will spend 4 weeks, after which we will travel by land back to Uganda for another 3 weeks, in total of 7 weeks!

Next to training youth to do music workshops with children in Kigali, Rwanda during a summer camp, we will mostly be doing music workshops with children in different centers, villages and schools. Some children are refugees, some are orphans, some are HIV-positive, and some like to play football, eat ice-cream and smack their little sisters on the head.

The day after we arrive we will already take a bus and start a 4-hour drive west to Cyangugu:

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Here we will spend 4 days working with children from a local school, and giving a short training workshop to choir members.

We don’t take much with us. A simple camera. A notebook with a hard cover. A guitar and a portable amp. This leads me to a quote by the late American actor William Claude Fields who once said: “Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.”

Until next time,

Topics: Rwanda