Rwanda’s miraculous resurrection after a brutal genocide in 1994 decimated the country, along with its resilient people, spirited children and progressive social and ecological movements makes this mountainous land a fertile learning ground for our young people.
The country has policies and practices that could be retrofitted to resolve problems found in many other countries.
- Only bio-degradable plastic bags are allowed in the country.
- Men who were once animal poachers have been successfully retrained to be tour guides.
- Corruption is shunned socially and prosecuted legally.
- Criminal activity is not tolerated by the average citizen.
- Serious problems are mediated within each community.
- Peacefulness is prized.
- Everyone in the country has basic health insurance that costs $2 a year.
- Ambulance service is free thanks to the confiscation and sale of personal government vehicles.
- Education is a high priority.
- Average people have limited access to running water and electricity, but do seem to enjoy unlimited happiness and faith.
- Once a month everyone goes out into their neighborhood and cleans the streets, plants trees and flowers. It is called Public Service Day.
- New people, businesses and NGOs are welcomed with open arms along with new ideas.
Living and working in villages alongside people who do not know what electricity is; dancing, laughing and trading stories with children who long only for an education provides a life changing experience. The return on investment is incalculable.