Rwanda: Leader-organizers conduct training for community, faith and government leaders. Ezra, Specioza and Poline have been leaders in Mumeya since PICO Rwanda was founded there 13 years ago. This year they led training sessions for more than 100 new leaders. They shared the method of organizing that helped them organize their community to build a community clinic, a disease prevention center, three new schools, a community training facility; bring water and electricity; and plant thousands of trees and build roads improving conditions for 30,000 people from five villages. More important than all of these improvements, is the transformation taking place in people and how they are changing the way things are done in Rwanda. We are proud to share the reflections of these leaders following their two-day training session in Mumeya.
“We achieved a major goal in our work, bringing sector, cell and religious leaders into a relationship of cooperation and respect. We received commitments from our organizing committees and others to do more work. Now we need to follow up. There is now more energy for community organizing. We have created a platform to move forward in cooperation with church and government leaders. I am proud of our work as trainers. We learned more because we had to teach what we have already learned. We have more respect than ever for Pr. John and what he has done. We have more self-confidence and more self-respect.” – Ezra