Gentle Giants

Class 8 completed their KCPE and now they wait. The students will find out their scores later in December. Please pray for them as they wait. Also, pray for their futures and that the Lord would guide them and watch over them.

New Hope Academy Class 8 Students

New Hope Academy Class 8 Students

My friend, Holly, from Denver visited for a couple of weeks and I took advantage of her professional skills for our projects and her like-minded adventurous spirit for gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

The first week Holly was in town we took in the Nairobi sights, restaurants and attractions. She helped our class 8 students prepare for their exam and tagged along to my meetings around town. Together we led a leadership development training for our business co-op leaders. Holly shared her professional experience of working as a systems engineer to talk to our project leaders about working on a team. It was a fun time with these leaders as they strive to be united in their work with NHI.

Leadership Training with Project Biashara

Leadership Training with Project Biashara

While class 8 was hard at work taking their very serious, important exam, Holly and I traveled to Rwanda for a little gorilla trekking and relaxation.

According to National Geographic, there are roughly 700 mountain gorillas remaining on Earth, and nearly half live in the forests of the Virunga mountains in central Africa. These gorillas live on the green, volcanic slopes of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo—areas that have seen much human violence from which the gorillas have not escaped. They live freely in the mountain parks, and the three countries strive to protect them through various conservation programs. Still they continue to face major threats from habitat loss and poaching. Part of protecting these animals is allowing tourist to visit them in their natural habitat. Park fees not only go toward protection of the gorillas but also to provide jobs and development for the communities surrounding the park.

After a day in Kigali and then a beautiful drive to get settled in our mountain lodge, we woke early in the morning to arrive at the park entrance for our gorilla briefing. After trekking up the muddy mountain trails for about an hour, we came across a family of 16 gorillas. This family had 3 silver-backs and 4 babies. The park allows you to hangout with the gorillas for about an hour, so we snapped a ton of photos and admired these beautiful creatures. It was an incredible experience that I will not forget.

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Mountain Gorilla in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Mountain Gorilla in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

This was my third trip to Rwanda. It is a very special place for me and I loved being there again. It’s beautiful, relaxing and provided a much needed mini-vacation for me. As I have said before, it is hard to imagine something so horrible happened in a place so beautiful.

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

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