Laurent Muvunyi traveled to Rwamagana, Rwanda on July 18, 2017 for a three week trip to spend time with the 51 sponsored children of ARDR, assess the status of ARDR and to spend time with his parents who are in their 90's and have had recent health issues. A major highlight of his trip was a 'fun-day' that he planned for the sponsored kids in which they engaged in various activities.
In addition to the normal 'fun-day' activities of various playground games, the kids also received a nutritious meal made possible by a private donation to ARDR Allies and a pair of socks and shoes provided to each sponsored child through a donation from Shoes 4 the Shoeless (of Dayton, Ohio). As a result, the children took time out of their day to thank Shoes 4 the Shoeless and ARDR Allies and write individual letters to their sponsors to thank them for providing their education and health care. More detail on the distribution of the shoes, the shoutout to ARDR Allies and the letters to sponsors will be covered in separate posts.
It took Ken Hamilton (ARDR Allies Treasurer & Secretary) and Laurent several hours to pack 51 pairs of socks and shoes in to a large suitcase and duffel bag the night before Laurent's trip and actually required the smaller shoes to be nested into the larger shoes. Donna Matheney, a long time ARDR Allies supporter, picked Laurent up and took him to the airport after she took the above picture.