3 days, 15 miles, 85 families later...

We have spent the past 3 days out in the field, working in the Ngiryi area with agricultural agents Joseph and Innocente. Each morning, we took an hour-long moto taxi drive past rice fields and gorgeous mountains in order to reach the town center of Nyaconga. From there, we took more motos up the winding dirt road into the hills of Ngiryi. We then spent about 4-5 hours each day running up and down the mountains to visit individual families and collect the coordinates of their home using our GPS. In 3 days, we managed to collect data for 85 families!! Highlights:

  • Spending time with Joseph and Innocente, who are so kind and interesting, and have such strong connections with the families they work with. We talked a lot about Rwanda, America, God, public health, and also attempted to explain recreational hiking (unsuccessful)
  • Hiking through the incredibly beautiful landscape
  • Meeting all of the families and seeing their gardens
  • Riding every day with the same moto drivers and trying to speak Kinyarwanda ("Kinyarwanda ndagerageyza" = I'm trying to speak Kinyarwanda!)
  • Doing yoga and a massage (/tickle) circle with all of the mamas before a training at the Ngiryi Health Post
  • Re-discovering mango juice boxes


  • Falling down the steep slopes
  • Being really out of shape
  • Visiting some extremely sick babies
  • The absence of lunchtime while you're working in the field

[caption id="attachment_149" align="aligncenter" width="580"] beautiful Rwanda[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_150" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Hiking for data[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_151" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Ngiryi Health Post[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_152" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Innocente and Joseph![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_153" align="aligncenter" width="580"] This is not an attractive picture, but it's the only one of both of us we have here so far. This is the end of day 3 - 85 families down![/caption]

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