This past Tuesday afternoon we celebrated Roz Carr’s one hundredth birthday at Imbabazi. Although it threatened to rain all day, it held off and we had a wonderful celebration in the dancing garden. In addition to Roz’s birthday we also celebrated the birthdays of all the children born in May, June, July, and August.
|Serving up sambusas and cake|
The event was a showcase of how hardworking our kids are here at Imbabazi. Three of our cooking students helped bake six cakes to feed everybody. Another coordinated with a local bakery to place a large order of sambusas – a deep fried pocket stuffed with ground meat that everybody loves. Our band practiced all morning – even learning a brand new song ‘Happy Birthday’. We had a master of ceremony who ran the show. After the party was over everyone pitched in to clean up.
|Issa and the band performing|
The children played frisbee and baseball for an hour in the garden and even invented a version of badminton hitting balloons back and forth instead of a birdie. The band put on a fabulous show for us all – and for many of our neighbors who gathered to listen when they heard the musicians warming up. Issa serenaded us with a cover of a well known pop song here in Rwanda called ‘Narashize’. One of our older students, Bingwa, stepped up as the master of ceremony and said a few words about Roz and then all the kids shared their memories. Our MC distributed presents to those children with recent birthdays and the student-chefs served up sambusas, cake, and candy for all – including the Imbabazi staff members and young children in the community. It was a great time! Join us for next year’s celebration!