GOD SPENDS HIS DAYS ELSEWHERE BUT HE LAYS HIS HEAD IN RWANDA...
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A message from Amanda -
Thank you for taking the time to check out the site! Here I am to write about what started this whole idea – a Campus House Vision Trip to Rwanda.
Our team (shown in the picture on the blog) travelled to Rwanda in mid May this year (2011) to partner with Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company (Karen, director of their Do Good Initiative, led us on our adventures). During the course of the trip, we met countless coffee farmers to help foster relationships between the Thousand Hills washing stations and the communities they serve. We also visited memorials and a genocide museum to learn about Rwanda’s violent recent past, and a reconciliation village and street kids ministry to learn about Rwanda’s peaceful present and bright future. Our Greyhouse baristas even took the time to train Rwandan baristas on specialty coffee technique.
But it wasn’t until we visited schools that I figured out why I, a non-coffee drinker, was on the trip. That reason was Jeanete. She is a gorgeous little girl who has lost both of her legs below the knee. We met her because Land of a Thousand Hills had raised money for a wheelchair for her, which will greatly improve her young life! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see the actual wheelchair, because she was too excited to see us to take the time to use it – she had her parents carry her because it was faster that way. That fact made several teammates to start to think about ways to make her transportation even better than her current chair could. Off-road wheelchairs were discussed, among other options. Then I realized we had missed the simplest answer of all.
Why not just give her legs?
Sure, it’s not as easy as just ordering them from your local leg store and having them next-day mailed to her, but as a biomedical engineering student, I’ve learned enough to know it’s not impossible. She has fully functional knees. All she needs is shins and feet. The kicker (no pun intended) is that whatever she receives will need to last, since it’s not easy to get to her. That means her legs will have to, to some extent, grow with her. That’s what we’re working on now. We invite you to come on board with us through prayer, suggestions, support, connections, and whatever else you have to offer.
Thanks for being a part of our story.
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