Rwanda talk for Brechin Rotary

Pictured are, from left, Jim and Archie with a banana plantation backdrop.

Pictured are, from left, Jim and Archie with a banana plantation backdrop.

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At the most recent Brechin Rotary Club meeting, Brechin High School’s new rector Archie Bathgate gave a talk on his involvement in the ‘Comfort Rwanda’ project.

Archie has been involved in this charity, which has done great work in a country which in 1994 was embroiled in a dreadful war of genocide.

Up to a million people were butchered in the conflict mainly between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes.

He explained that Comfort Rwanda has been involved in a number of schemes including water pumps, the supply of goats and cows to local farmers, building houses and schools and other ways to aid healing and reconciliation for the people of Rwanda.

Archie said that he and his wife have been going every year, even taking pupils from his previous school, Arbroath Academy, on one occasion.

His photographs showed that he is a hands-on type of person, not afraid to break sweat planting in the tropical heat, but emphasising that a lot of the projects are on a self help basis.

He illustrated his presentation with wonderful views of the wildlife and scenery of Rwanda, and was thanked by club president Jim Houston for a very uplifting presentation.