Today we had an early start as we said our goodbyes to Musanze and headed for the capital, Kigali, for the second leg of our CWB adventure. Having travelled most of the way to Musanze in the dark , we were very much looking forward to our drive through the Volcano National Park. We were not disappointed. The landscape was stunning, as beautiful as I have seen on my many travels. Undulating, fertile hills and valleys ablaze with verdant crops and vegetation. The good quality roads allowing easy navigation of some precipitous hills. All this is done at at the pace of a Giles Watkins donkey drop, as a inhibitor fitted to the bus limits the speed to 60kph.The other obstacle to progress inRwanda are the regular vehicle checks conducted at police roadblocks. Unlike other East African Countries these are purely in the persuit of making the roads safer. There is not even a whiff of corruption.
Once in Kigali we grab a quick lunch at a roadside cafe and headed to our first stop, the Sinai Primary and Secondary School. This was the first all Muslim school that we had visited. Once again our bus was rushed by a sea of excited children and we struggled to get the equipment offloaded and set up. Once again the cry “tennis” could be heard as the kids tried to further reduce our stock of disappearing tennis balls. At one point I resorted to shoving them into my shorts to protect them. This actually proved a very effective strategy as children returned some of the missing balls so that I could increase the number in this temporary storage. Much to their amusement, I discovered the optimum number before they started coming out the bottom was 17. Once we had divided the 400+ children into manageable groups they quickly became enagaged and exhibited an advanced knowledge of the ABCT HIV prevention message we include in all our activities. The new visual aids we employed, working especially well. Having moved seamlessly from primary to senior students we left to a royal farewell and travelled the short distance to out next stop Les enfants de