Hannah’s mission takes her from Bishopbriggs to Rwanda

Hannah making new friends in Rwanda
Hannah making new friends in Rwanda

A dedicated volunteer has vowed to return to Rwanda after spending 10 weeks in the war-torn country working with a leading charity.

Student Hannah King (22) spent her summer holidays working for development charity Tearfund, after landing a place on the government-funded International Citizen Service (ICS) project.

She spent her time with a team of six national volunteers at the African Evangelistic Enterprise, based in the town of Kigali.

Projects included teaching former street children at a ‘catch up’ primary school and painting murals to brighten the place up.

Hannah, who studies French and Spanish at Stirling University, also worked with HIV positive women in a scheme which aims to help them support themselves through learning crafts.

Other days were spent teaching English and computer skills, painting resident’s homes and helping out with community building work.

Hannah, from Bishopbriggs, said: “It was an incredible experience and one that I will treasure forever.

“It was very special living in the local community, and with Rwandans as well as Brits.

“It was a very interesting and unique opportunity and the Rwandans brought so much to the team - local knowledge, cultural understanding and translation skills.”

She added: “I have returned to Scotland with a deep love for Rwanda and it’s incredible people.

“I learnt so much through the people I met and the Rwandan culture.

“Their generous hospitality showed me love and acceptance, their humble spirit showed me grace and stories of their forgiveness for neighbours who killed their families during the 1994 genocide showed me mercy, forgiveness, and love.

“They are truly a remarkable people who have come so far from the horrors of 19 years ago.

“I feel deeply honoured to have spent my summer in such a wonderful country and, of course, I’m already planning my next journey back”.

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