Day 3 at the farm we completed some random assignments. First, we finished up our edits of the translations of the Turi kumwe newsletter, and redesigned it a bit. This took a while because we all know that messing around with formatting on Microsoft Word always works out exactly how you want it to…
There have been a lot of new visitors at the farm besides from us. Caitlin and I were the first to arrive on Friday. On Saturday, a Monitoring and Evaluations (M&E) intern named Shannon arrived. On Tuesday, a volunteer accountant named Erin arrived. Today a pair of artists who have been travelling around the world for the past year arrived and will be staying for the next week working on a project for the farm. Finally, the last newby, Jamie, an agriculture intern who will be working on the Biochar with Jared, will arrive tomorrow. Clearly, the GHI staff has a lot of new people to accommodate and adjust to, but this also means more new friends for us! We have gotten to know many people through just general run-ins in the office and the farm, as well as the daily community lunches.
GHI is organization based around determining sustainable solutions to food security and childhood malnutrition, so in order to practice what they preach, they hire community mothers to cook a large community lunch every day for all staff, visitors, and community members. Using GHI’s four-color approach to a simple balanced and nutritious meal, there is always a carbohydrate/starch (white), a protein (brown), a fruit or certain type of vegetable (red), and some sort of green vegetable (green). The food is absolutely delicious. Everyone brings their meal down to the farm table, which is a long, beautiful table in the middle of GHI’s farm, and enjoys their meal together. It is a wonderful tradition and even after our 3rd day, it is one of our favorite aspects of work here at GHI.
In the afternoon, we took on the important role of organizing books and going through the stacks of paper in the Health and Agriculture Office. We ended up getting rid of about 20 pounds of paper that Jared is going to use for his fire pit, because despite the fact that plastic bags are illegal in Rwanda, there is not an effective recycling system set in place. The Health and Ag team was very grateful after we finished.
That was Day 3! Tomorrow, we are meeting with the Development and Communication team to talk about the eventual fundraising campaign that we will create based on our time here! We’re excited for the rest of this week, and the rest of our time here.