Jul
23
2011

Butaka

This is the name of the seconday school where as was in the northern province up near Volanoes National Park.  I found out that the school gets its name from a “small hill” nearby, and the word means “soil.”

While my time there was brief (I didn’t have much time in the first place, and then I got sick so came home early), it was good.  I am praising God that the headmaster, Terence (Esron’s brother), and other teachers are saying the couple days of teaching I did really impacted kids.  It was challenging.  I taught biology, so that was nice.  But some of it was at a higher level than I’ve taught for awhile…so I had to dig back in my brain for some information.  :)  But what was the most challenging was not really knowing how detailed to get.  I found that they have learned some terms that I do not teach my students at a similar level; other concepts that I cover, they don’t.  Plus, some terms are just different.  :)

It was also just nice to see the area and experience life there a little…although, they wouldn’t think to let me help prepare meals or clean-up or anything – I was a guest.  Very kind of them!

I wish I had stayed well (Looks like I may have malaria after all.  Don’t worry – the meds are working great!  They have a very good clinic staffed with good nurses near Terence’s house.).  We had planned a girls “football” match one afternoon and some visits to the areas where some of the students come from the next.  Can you believe that some students walk 3 hours EACH WAY to school!  And others left their homes 2-3 hours away by car to live with “strangers” in the area so they can go to the school.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of the school itself (maybe I have some from earlier – I’ll have to check).  But here are some other pictures of my time there:

 

Markey in Ruhengeri (on the way north)

Market in Ruhengeri (on the way north)

 

Headmaster Terence in his potato fields

Headmaster Terence in his potato fields

 

The long line of children leading us up to Terence's fields.

The long line of children leading us up to Terence's fields.

 

A closer look at our "guides."

A closer look at our "guides."

 

Closer yet...and the cloud of dust that follows them everywhere.

Closer yet...and the cloud of dust that follows them everywhere.

 

Me, Gary, and Clemance (Terence's family)

Me, Gary, and Clemance (Terence's family)

 I want to post a few more pics, but the computer is being SO slow.  So, I’ll sign off for now.

Thanks for your continued prayers – they are being answered!

Blessings,

Jen

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