Since then a few of us, mostly Quakers, have established a new charity, African Great Lakes Peace Trust, to fund selected projects devised, run and evaluated by organisations and people we trust. I am looking forward to seeing for myself which projects are securely based and could make good use of funds.
During my two years after the end of the project I have been looking for ways to make use in London of what I learned in Rwanda. This year I have started supplying vegetables, jams and chutneys as an 'allotment lucky dip' to Edible Ealing, a fortnightly organic box scheme run as part of Ealing Transition Initiative. (I haven't worked out how to insert links, but both those terms can be looked up on line.) Now I shall take the modest amount of money made by contributions of £2 per order to give to people I know for schemes too small for official charitable funding.
This sack filled with soil and a central column of stones, to be planted on the sides and top, was my first offering. It was devised in Uganda and propogated by Send-a-Cow, among others.
On a second visit to a group I found many examples like this.
Meanwhile the ministry of health was encouraging people to construct 'kitchen gardens' with several tiers and a central basket for vegetable refuse to rot and feed the soil.
There's been a government drive to grow more maize and less of everything else: people aren't told why andthey hate it. But local officials see everything and report back. To my great delight, a young American agronomist is promoting conservative agriculture on a much larger scale than I could attempt.