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Alodie V.

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Review for Rwandagirls, MEDINA, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

" Within the past year my life has changed drastically, leaving everything that I have ever known and going to another country, changing culture, language, and entourage basically every part of my life that defined me. I keep my head high because it is supposed to be a good and enriching experience for me, but is it really? When in this kind of situation, the little things that you wouldn’t otherwise notice become the memories you hold on to..."

"One of my favorite books, Who Moved my Cheese, exemplifies this feeling by using cheese as a metaphor of life. There are different people who search for “the good cheese,” that cheese that everyone craves for, “the good, happy life “and when they find it, they are usually content with what they have and don’t want to look for another cheese but one day they’ll wake, look at their cheese, and the cheese will be finished because, well, they ate it...

I think there is a very important lesson to learn from this. No cheese can last forever: whatever you think lasts forever won’t, so you need to prepare for anything to happen. Sometimes you get the courage to move forward when your cheese is finished, but other times it is just simpler to tell yourself that you wouldn’t survive in the maze because it takes a lot of courage to chase for the uncertain thing… chasing something that might not even exist. Recognize when fear is holding you back."

These are excerpts of an essay I wrote for an assignment in one of my classes. I can honestly say that Gashora Girls Academy was a "good cheese," a cheese that is very hard to let go of. When I'm walking to class everyday, I still find myself imagining what it would be like if I was still at GGA, I know that I have to look for another cheese but I also know that me being able to run through this crazy maze that is the world, looking for another cheese is possible because of the skills that Rwanda Girls Initiative through GGA has equipped me with.

I can only hope that more girls in Rwanda get to taste the not only good, but great cheese that is Rwanda Girls Initiative, a NGO, a life-changing one.

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