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Updates from Blue Marble Dreams!

Although we haven’t written in a while, here are some updates from Blue Marble Dreams: I, Laura, am back in Butare working with the women at Inzozi Nziza. Thanks to many generous donations, I was able to bring over with me some supplies from the US and some great new t-shirts for the women to wear as uniforms! We would like to thank everyone who was involved in making this happen!

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The women look great in their new uniforms!

Inzozi Nziza now has a new facebook page- http://www.facebook.com/inzoznzizaicecream. Want to follow more of the day to day happenings at the shop? Be sure to “like” out page!

Also, besides helping around the shop, I am also involved in English classes for the women drummers who are part of the cooperative that helped found and own the shop. Twice a week, after their drumming rehearsals, I go by and teach an English class. Here are some photos from our lesson today:

The women draw clocks to practice asking each other "What time is it?".

The women draw clocks to practice asking each other “What time is it?”.

 

The rest of their classmates wait while they draw.

The rest of their classmates wait while they draw.

We often have many little visitors at our classes!

We often have many little visitors at our classes!

 

I look forward to updating the blog on the happenings at Inzozi Nziza! Stay tuned!

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English Class

As a way of continuing to develop the women of Inzozi Nziza’s skills, while I’m here, a big part of my job is teaching English classes. A year and a half ago when I was working with the women here, English classes were normally a big group with all the employees in the afternoon. This time, because of their new schedule, English classes are normally smaller and more individualized. The women’s English and general education levels vary greatly, so for some women I am focusing on their ability to communicate with customers who may only speak English and a basic level of English. For others at a more advanced level, we are working on reading comprehension and new vocabulary.

 

This morning Leocadie, Alphonsine, Julienne, and I worked on conjugating regular verbs into many different tenses and using them in sentences that relate to the ice cream shop in an effort to improve and expand upon their interactions with customers.

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Study time!

Towards the end of the lesson, we reviewed the vocabulary of all of the parts of the body. The women surprised me by being familiar with the song “Head, shoulders, knees, and toes” and wanting to keep practicing it until they were able to sing the entire song by themselves. I was very impressed and excited by their enthusiasm.

 

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