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    Getting the canteen ready to open for business

    Day 109

    Thermoses, Cookstoves and Plates – OH MY!

    Yesterday we were helping our Community Activists (or CAs) in Nyabiheke build a kitchen where they can prepare food for their new canteen. But we noticed the inside of their canteen needed some help, too.

    “We rely on our CAs,” Victor, our Nyabiheke Site Manager, told us. “They do so much for the community. I’ve been wanting to do something nice for them for a long time.”

    The CA Canteen was actually already open for business. But without a kitchen and a lot of the basics, they had only sodas, bottled water, and a few small bites for sale. They were going to need a lot more things to make their dream of a little restaurant happen.

    So we brought them the things that could get them started. Our friends from the U.S. arrived at the canteen with arms full – a propane cookstove along with a large propane tank, thermoses for hot tea, a mortar and pestle, silverware, plates, glasses, aprons. And of course, food – we brought sugar, flour and oil enough for the CAs to get their business of the ground and feed hot, delicious food to dozens of hungry customers.

    A couple of easy fixes and the canteen is up and running – providing a little bit of income for our deserving Community Activists.

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