Caroline Flack visits Rwanda to see Sport Relief cash in action
Caroline Flack: “The People Of Rwanda Are The Most Inspiring I’ve Ever Met”
Ahead of her turn on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, TV presenter Caroline Flack recently travelled to Rwanda to see first-hand how some of the money raised for Sport Relief 2014 is already hard at work changing lives. Here she talks about the things that most inspired her during her time in Rwanda.
1.The people of Rwanda are some of the most inspiring I’ve ever met.I travelled there to see how the money raised for this year’s Sport Relief is helping people by creating jobs, building businesses and increasing trade. And thanks to money from the UK Government that matched some of the public’s donations, even more lives are being changed.
Twenty years ago, Rwanda was grief-stricken. In 1994, the country was gripped by a vicious genocide that destroyed families and left thousands of children without their parents. The country is still trying to recover from such an awful history.
Despite living through such horrendous experiences, many people took those orphans in. They created new families so that children who had experienced unimaginable trauma could still have a place to call home. They would still feel like someone loved them and was looking out for them, even though that someone might have barely been an adult themselves. It’s amazing how so many have found a way to live again.
2. I saw how the project,World Jewish Relief, supported by cash raised for Sport Relief, has been helping these makeshift families to start a business from their farmland, forming co-operatives that would sell fruit and vegetables to make a good profit. They’ve built a new life from scratch.
I can’t grow anything in my flat. Every plant I’ve had has wilted miserably on the windowsill. When I saw the beautiful fields of watermelon shoots, pineapples and tomatoes, or the massive banana trees, I felt slightly ashamed that I struggle to maintain a humble basil pot.
For many people, growing the odd vegetable is a nice hobby. Here in Rwanda, these plantations are a real lifeline; a source of income that’s not only transforming the lives of the co-operative members but also their entire communities.
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