First Lady Returns From Rwanda

First Lady Cecile de Jongh, together with a delegation from the Virgin Islands, returned to the territory Tuesday afternoon, August 5, after spending two weeks in Rwanda as part of an educational and humanitarian effort to assist children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and genocide. The group spent time working in five separate orphanages and traveled the countryside to learn more about the country’s history and culture. The group was greeted warmly by a welcoming committee of family members and friends upon their return to Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas. Governor de Jongh was among those greeting the returning delegation. “It is truly wonderful to be back home in the Virgin Islands, and to reflect on all that we have learned and experienced on this amazing journey,” First Lady deJongh said. “This trip allowed us to spend time with the children of Rwanda who were orphaned by the 1994 genocide, and whose parents lost their lives from HIV/AIDS.”