Hey there, it’s been a long time since the last post from a US Tour team member. Well there’s been an awful lot going and this post is going to be a small update of it all. First, we got someone new coming on the tour. His name is Amos Furaha. He’s been with iDebate since the start in 2012 and he’s a counsellor with Live Again Rwanda which he co foundedand he’s totally an amazing person whom I’m sure you’ll immediately be drawn to when you meet him. If you think I’m lying just read his blog here. Amos came in to take up the place of Emma Mugisha who felt that being on both the WSDC delegation and the US Tour delegation would kind of drain him.

Another amazing thing that is happening with the team is the way we’re gradually bonding into more than just a team. To be honest when we first came together we were just a lil bit above acquaintances. I had met Sharon through us both being poets and she’s the only one I felt like I even remotely knew. Harmonie and I had met in the 2013 debate camp, lost sight of each other and met again when we both started volunteering for iDebate in 2015 (so we met up only once a month when judging at the tournaments), and Angela quite frankly intimidated me. I mean when I learnt her real age I couldn’t even believe it. But now man, now that I know these guys… I now frequently find myself hoping our relationship will go past the tour. Harmonie is this very kind, caring person who has unconsciously started mommering all of us (new vocab: means she’s the tour members’ mom). Angela is this massively crazy girl who’s running the risk of making my eyes pop out one of these days because of the things she says. And I now live for Sharon’s sarcastic comments when she disagrees with something.

All in all, I believe the tour’s going to be great. We frequently spend time preparing, discussing topics like the role of communication in conflict prevention and the merits of forgiveness and justice in the aftermath of genocide. Sometimes we feel so on point and sometimes we feel so off, but I know for sure that we’re equipped enough to shine. We still need your prayers though, and your support all the way. We’re already so excited to meet all of you.

Well that’s it from me guys. Stay tuned for blog post from the others. As for me, I’ll be back here next week.

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