6th September 2011
On Saturday we travelled by bus from Kamembe to Giterama, a town an hour from Kigali. We met Leoncie who runs a large centre for disabled children in the town and Gervaise, the secretary for Tubakunde, the association of centres for disabled children in Rwanda. Leoncie founded Tubakunde, and she was able to give us a general picture of the struggles of centres like hers and the two we have been working at. She described the stigma that still exists around disability, and the fact that from time to time they still discover children who have been hidden away in houses all their lives, a source of shame for their families.
Leoncie and Gervaise are very enthusiastic about potential future plans for music as therapy training to be extended throughout the Tubakunde network, with the staff from Ngwino Nawe and Nkanka eventually training others. It was also very interesting for us to visit another centre and meet the children there.
We have been in Kigali for the past few days, in preparation for our flight home. It has been a real change from Kamembe and we feel we are starting to get our bearings around the city, including getting the hang of the local buses. Yesterday we had an adventure carrying a large drum each across the city and home in a minibus-taxi. We drew many highly bemused stares, and several people came over to play on the drums as we carried them!
Many thanks for all your support,
Nicky and Caroline