About Growing Together in Rwanda
Growing Together in Rwanda’ is a project that grew out of a visit to Rwanda by Elizabeth Cave, who is a member of Ealing Meeting, in 2008. While touring the country as a member of a Friendly Folk Dancers tour, she saw at first hand the enormity of the problems confronting the country in the aftermath of the genocide of 1994, when nearly a million people were killed.
The following year Elizabeth felt moved to set up the Growing Together project in order to build on the reconciliation and peace-building programme ‘Healing and Rebuilding our Communities’ (HROC). HROC workshops aim to help heal the rift between convicted killers and the families of their victims.
Between 2009 and 2012 Elizabeth made eight trips to Rwanda, each lasting 4 to 5 weeks, where she ran workshops aimed at encouraging local people to adopt simple, sustainable methods of growing vegetables as a way of raising nutrition levels. During these visits she kept up a daily blog. In November/December 2014 Elizabeth returned for a three-week visit to Rwanda. She caught up with friends and looked at developments since the ‘Growing Together in Rwanda’ project came to a formal end tin 2012.
To support the continuing work, a small group of Friends including Elizabeth has set up a charity called the African Great Lakes Peace Trust (for more information key in the Registered Charity No 1154597 at the Charity Commission website). The trustees allocate donations to projects proposed, delivered and monitored by organisations such as the African Great Lakes Initiative.