Last night in Kigali

on Sep 1, 2013 | 8 comments

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"I <3 Grumpy Guys"

Team AHE with members of the Quaker Friends Peace House in Kigali.

LEAF Intore Cultural Troupe's Patrick leads a rehearsal with another group he performs with.

Girl sewing custom garments at Friends Peace House

Hotel Rwanda, actually named Hôtel des Mille Collines.

Ceramics at a local craft store owned by LEAF's Rwandan coordinator for the street kids we work with here.

Orphans at the Rwandan Orphans Project doing laundry.

Kid walking past a typical Kigali neighborhood scene.

Evidence that the acclimation of street kids into the Rwandan Orphans Project isn't always instant.

Eileen finds a familar kid friend as she waits tables.

A resident of the Rwandan Orphans Project cleaning shoes.

Young residents of the Rwandan Orphans Project dancing it up.

Lightening strike over Kigali, proceeding my first African rain storm.

African sunset.

Savoring my last night in Rwanda along with many emotionally rich and, at times, difficult moments here. I've made lots of friends, listened to lots of personal stories and taken lots of photos. It's hard to put into words what this place does to you. I'm transformed…forever. This is a journey that I needed to take. Thanks to AHE and LEAF for giving me a reason to come to this magical place and thanks to all of you that supported me.

Now that the working part of the trip is over, I get to realize a childhood dream…seeing the wild animals of Africa! I'll be flying into Johannesburg and then driving to Kruger National Park to (hopefully) photograph lions, rhino, buffalo, elephants, impalas, crocs and bush babies.

This will be my last post before I'm back home, but many more will follow once images are on my computer and edited. Thanks to all who followed me on this African journey. Your presence has been felt. Murakoze!

8 Comments

  1. Alex

    September 1, 2013

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    Thank you Reggie’s,Wish you safe journey and hope you will come back in Rwanda.
    In fact,you have savored Rwanda.”Kindness Blind can see and even Deaf hear”
    “Be the change you wan see in the word”
    May God bless your arms
    Murakoze,
    Alex

    • Reggie Tidwell

      September 2, 2013

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      Thanks, Alex! Well said. So happy to have become friends with you and looking forward to staying in touch.

      Blessing!
      Reggie

  2. teri siegel

    September 2, 2013

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    safe travels my friend- we can’t wait to hear all about your travels- your blog has been fabulous- photos great -

    • Reggie Tidwell

      September 2, 2013

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      Thanks, Teri! Your support has been a treat. Thanks for following me!

  3. Oso

    September 2, 2013

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    I’m so glad you made the trip. Yes, Africa will change you forever. I hope the you’ll want to return one day.
    Oso

  4. Natalia

    September 3, 2013

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    Hi there!! These last photos are some of my favorite. The magnitude of your trip has really sunk in as I look at your posts day after day. Seems like a a most rich….rich, beyond words experience. How could you NOT be changed? I look forward to hearing about the ways that you have! Looking forward to you return…..

    N

  5. Scott D

    September 4, 2013

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    It is so admirable that groups, like LEAF, bridge the economic & cultural gaps between nations; between people. I look forward to more photos, but most of all I look forward to seeing you, returned and even more determined, more alive, than you have always been. The change in you will ripple out positively, in both worlds.

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