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Help Jalyn Henderson go on Mission Trip to Rwanda
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Hello, my name is Jalyn Henderson, a junior at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. I was selected to participate in the Science and Society program where we will help the teachers and students of Rwanda learn and understand the ...
Hello, my name is Jalyn Henderson, a junior at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. I was selected to participate in the Science and Society program where we will help the teachers and students of Rwanda learn and understand the scientific methods through less conventional and more kinesthetic learning. While in Rwanda we will be privileged to visit three schools, one of which is a school for the deaf. I am super excited for this experience as well as my contribution towards making a difference in this great country.
After the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the government and its civilians has been slowly and surely repairing the damage done to this small but great nation. In an attempt to leave behind any associations made with the genocide, English was made the second national language of Rwanda. In doing so, the entire curriculum of schools throughout Rwanda was overhauled, and a not so smooth transition was made.
Another important feature of this trip is building rocket stoves and teaching canning methods to the people of Rwanda. We will visit a small village and teach the members how to build rocket stoves. Since the main method of cooking is through an open fire, rocket stoves will provide an 80% more efficient way of cooking, allowing the citizens to use significantly less amounts of firewood. The stoves efficiency also means that there is no smoke byproduct, leading to no negative environmental impact.
The idea of canning is a novel idea to Rwanda’s society, but food preservation is just as crucial in this country as it is in the United States. With the rocket stoves efficiency, the canning can take place due to the energy harnessed through the stoves.
Overall, this trip will lead to a bettering of Rwanda’s educational system and the day-to-day trials of the people of Rwanda. How can you help? As I’ve stated earlier I am a college student and like most students are funds are limited. The cost of this trip is around $5000. I was fortunate to win a scholarship but it wasn’t enough to cover all of the costs. I have worked during my school breaks to earn as much as I can on my own but I realize that fulfilling the total cost on my own will be impossible. Please help support my Rwanda’s trip with a donation. I am excited about this and please keep me in your prayers while my classmates and I travel abroad.

Thank You,

Jalyn Henderson
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