St James CE Primary School

Rwanda Visit

Mrs Marsh and James the Bear share their adventure to Rwanda.

Below you can see photos of the Journey to Rwanda. - click a picture to enlarge it.


Mrs Marsh and James the Bear arrive at the airport on a very wet and windy Saturday.

James the Bear enjoys exploring the airport.

At the checking in desk.

Mrs Marsh enjoyed her salad, it was her last UK meal. Mrs Marsh has been told she will not be eating salad or vegetables in Rwanda.

The Journey


James the Bear has fun playing a game while waiting for the flight.

Safely arriving in a very hot Rwanda. Earlier in the journey they had had a rough flight and terrifying landing in Brussels due to the weather.

James the Bear was very excited to be in Rwanda and quickly found the way to Passport control.

Mrs Marsh and James were soon through Passport Control and on their way to church.

Photos of the visit - click a picture to enlarge it.


As soon as Mrs Marsh and James the Bear landed they went straight to a church service

A little girl in church loved James the Bear!

The view from Mrs Marsh's room

Mrs Marsh and James the Bear were collected in Kigali by their hosts, Jean Marie and Marcel.

Mrs Marsh's Visit


Breakfast today started with mushroom soup. .

The soup was followed by bread and fruit which was delicious.

Mrs Marsh even tried tree tomatoes which were quite sour.

Breakfast was followed by a rather long bible study with all the people where Mrs Marsh is staying.

Below you can see photos of the school visit - click a picture to enlarge it.





What an incredible day. All of the children wanted to stroke and feel Mrs Marsh as lots of them had never seen a person with white skin. They got particularly excited about stroking her hair! An exhausting day but such an incredible experience.




Below you can read a message from Mrs Marsh. - click a picture to enlarge it.





Having now spent 3 days in Rwanda I am in awe of this beautiful country. The people here are so warm and welcoming that I have been made to feel like a close friend.

Everywhere you go here you hear the children shout “Mzungu” which means white person. This is said without malice but rather with sheer delight to see us. It is so evident that these children have never seen people with my colour skin. In each school the children try to press as close to me as they can before surreptitiously stroking my arms to see if I feel the same as them. My hair has caused great excitement and has been stroked by thousands of eager little hands.

I have chosen to set up a partnership with one of the schools we visited which is called Ntenyo Primary School. This news was accepted with great excitement by the headteacher and staff. The school has 1082 children with 15 classes. Some of the classes have over a hundred children in it with only one member of staff. James the bear is loving his visits to school and has spent time in the arms of hundreds of children.

This has been an incredible learning journey for me and has left me humbled by these inspirational people.



Health and Safety does not exist here!


Below you can see photos from Mrs Marsh's journey to Lake Kivu - click a picture to enlarge it.





Rwanda is so beautiful and the people are so warm and welcoming.





Below you can see photos from Mrs Marsh's journey to Lake Kivu - click a picture to enlarge it.





Lake Kivi and the surrounding area.





Below you can see photos from Mrs Marsh's journey to Lake Kivu - click a picture to enlarge it.





Lake Kivi and the surrounding area.



School Bell


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Below you can see photos from Mrs Marsh's visit - click a picture to enlarge it.





A very difficult and emotional visit to the Genocide Memorial.





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Conference centre in Kigali and a visit to an art gallery with the biggest display of Rwandan art.





Below you can see photos from Mrs Marsh's visit - click a picture to enlarge it.









Below you can see photos from Mrs Marsh's visit - click a picture to enlarge it.





Mrs Marsh saw 45 children walking along a road and some were carrying drums. She asked where they were going and they invited her to go with them to watch their performance at the SOS Children's village. Mrs Marsh got a treat along a busy road watching the children beam as they performed. Little Kenny made her day!




Head Teachers conference where Mrs Marsh taught them to play parachute games.

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James loved sleeping in a bed with a mosquito net!


James really didn't like washing in a bowl of cold water!

James is now ready to come home as he is missing his Saint James Family.

James liked the sign which represents "greatness of heart" Ubumuntu


He selected a lovely cloth to go on our worship table.

James has enjoyed staying at the Scripture Union in Kigali.


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Kigali at night