So this summer is a two month reccy to meet people, figure out where to focus the work and learn a bit of Kinyarwandan (which is at least easier than Russian). And as it turns out I’ll be helping someone doing some household interviews in the villages to see how some of the community forest conservation schemes there have been working.
View from one hill to another with national football stadium in the background
People use every last bit of green space around towns to grow stuff – sweet potatoes, maize, bananas, cabbage, spuds. People are digging, planting, weeding, grass-cutting everywhere you go. It’s very hard to take a picture in
After meeting some people in
Butare is very peaceful compared to
English was introduced as an official language in 2008 and has superseded French in education, so you have to try both and pepper in some words of kinyrwandan to figure out the best one to use. In kinyarwanda, the day doesn’t begin until 7. 8am is called 2 in the morning etc. That makes much more sense!
I saw the English homework one poor lad had to do – a list of about 300 english verbs including to abide, to doth, to shod and to will. I suggested he may want to visit
View of Butare with one of the many taxi-bikes in the way
Gangs of children roam the streets in broad daylight demanding a team photo or else
This is the house I’m staying in. You have to get used to the noise metal rooves make in the heat but it's a nice home
Bricks for building are cut straight from clays in the marshes below town
A view of the street
And the views from the house down the valley, with fields and banana plantations as far as you can see
Here’s one of the birds that turns up in the garden – red cheeked cordon bleu no less. I know it doesn’t have a red cheek, but what do I know about birds?
Sousa the fearsome guard dog protecting my honey stocks
The best looking primary school in the world?
Butare catholic cathedral