Day 3 of the 10 Days
In the southeastern hills of Ruhango District lies a stone mountain named after one of the earliest and most memorable Rwandan kings, Ruganzu. Climb to the top of the mountain on a clear day, and you feel like you have a view of Rwanda in its entirety. Like many locations in Rwanda, this mountain is enveloped by stories of Ruganzu and other early Rwandan kings—men dedicated to protecting their people and enforcing justice against wrongdoing.
These rulers loved their land, and they often climbed this stone mountain to look out over their kingdom. Legend has it that these mighty and magical men had the powers to fly and soften the rocks under their footsteps. One story even describes a king who made water flow from a rock for a thirsty community to drink.
Ruhango is representative of many districts in Rwanda. Driving down the beautiful, new national road that cuts through the center of the district, the streets of Ruhango bustle with life as people walk to and from work and school. Filled with rolling hills, rice fields and narrow dirt roads, Ruhango communities love their homes and their neighbors.
Like most of Rwanda, farming is the predominant source of employment and income in this southeastern district. Despite improvements in school attendance and sanitation over the years, Ruhango has one of the lowest percentages amongst Rwandan districts for household use of a safe and clean water source.…