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Pupils visit Rwanda to work with charity supporting genocide survivors

Pupils have just returned from an emotive and inspirational trip to Rwanda, where they worked alongside the Amakuru Trust in supporting families who have survived the genocide.

Upper V (Year 11) pupil, Tabby E, said: “Rwanda was an amazing experience from start to finish. It was an incredible honour to meet and work alongside people who make such a difference in their community, helping others to recover from the horrific and tragic 1994 genocide. We visited a range of projects which the charity, Amakuru Trust, supports including schools, sports and craft projects, a widows’ association and colleges. As well as immersing ourselves in the local culture, we also visited lakes and went on safari, where we managed to see three of the Big Five. Every single member of our group came back with life-changing memories and we hope to inspire more people to undertake such a worthwhile and moving trip in the future,”

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Mike Hayes, Founder of the Amakuru Trust and St Mary’s Economic and Business Studies teacher, said: “It was a joy and privilege to spend time with the St Mary’s group.  Whether they were talking with genocide survivors or teaching eager children, they acted with the greatest integrity – displaying sensitivity on the one hand and much enthusiasm on the other! Their primary school teaching went brilliantly and the Rwandan students listened intently, did some wonderful practical work, and definitely learned from the group’s lessons.  They were wonderful ambassadors for the school and a credit to themselves and their families.  I hope that they will also now be ambassadors for the Amakuru Trust by promoting the work that it does.”