Program posted by: African Great Lakes Initiative / Friends Peace Teams
Posted on: March 8, 2013
Kirsten and Henry are AGLI volunteers currentlyh living in Byumba, Rwanda, in a turquoise house with a bright red gate. The biggest room of the house, currently known as the Byumba Children's Peace Library, holds 399 books, three shelves, two big tables, eight plastic chairs, and, from 6:30 am-6pm every day, groups of intensely energetic Byumban Children.
During library off-hours, Kirsten and Henry work with their partners at the African Great Lakes Initiative to raise the funds necessary to move the Children's Peace Library to its eventual home, a hopefully-soon-to-be-constructed slate and brick building on an about-to-be-purchased acre lot. In addition to the library work, Kirsten and Henry are planning for their soon-to-start classes, Conflict Resolution and English class respectively.
When not working, they enjoy gardening, reading David Foster Wallace books, working on their mostly-hopeless Kinyarwanda, and negotiating the mysteries of Byumba's marketplace.
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