The pat two weeks, CARSA has held ceremonies and given cows to workshop participants in Muhanga and Kamonyi. The ceremonies were really a celebration of the work CARSA has been able to and each was like a reunion for the CARSA staff and those who attended the workshop. At each ceremony, there was much dancing and singing, and often the crowd would join in. The mayor of the district came and spoke, as well as Christophe, the director of CARSA. At the end of the ceremony, the beneficiaries would go and meet their cow, which would be named in a small ceremony. In each ceremony, CARSA was able to give 50 cows, meaning 200 families total received a cow.
The cows arrived in two trucks and were lead to the field to meet their new owners. All of the cows are chosen and examined by a Veterinarian before being given at the ceremony.
Beneficiaries shared their testimonies at the ceremony, speaking about their experience in the workshops and thanking CARSA for the opportunity to receive a cow. Some shared that the process of building the cow shelter had already brought them together as they spent time together at each other's homes. They also spoke about how receiving a cow would further strengthen their relationship and aid them on their journey of reconciliation.