Friday, August 22, 2014

Public Works - Rwanda Style

While we were visiting some of the AEE’s Self-Help Groups, we passed by hundreds of people working furiously on the road.  They were digging drainage ditches on the side of the road.  Some were widening the road, some were digging the ditches, and some were moving the earth from one side to the other.  There were no machines other than their shovels.  It was an amazing sight.  

The people were paid by the government to work in the project.  The pay was very little.  Still, they worked hard because they live here.  It is evident the people here care about their neighbourhood very much.  Just like other places in Rwanda, there were a lot of earth but no garbage.  

It is also evident that the government is doing a lot, to generate work, to give people incentive to work, to train people to work, and to instil a sense of pride about their country.  It is a country full of hope.  

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