An update on Fabrice whom we have been supporting since we met him a few years ago – a toddler who could only get around on all fours. He is walking, running, and going to school. Once COVID hit he was quarantined at home, rather than being in school and spending time with the Benebikira Sisters. When COVID eased, temporarily, he emerged and was unkempt, hungry, and had regressed in his developmental milestones. . He had lost weight – the Sisters were sending food, but it was uncertain how much he was getting. He and his young brother are now staying with the Sisters and getting the care they need. The young woman pictured with Fabrice is his caretaker.
In March 2020, on the day A Partnership in Caring volunteers Maria and Carolyn Rideout were leaving Rwanda, Sr. Catherine (pictured) introduced us to Queen, 5 years old. The family is very poor and the mother, Angelique, has had some serious health issues. Through the generosity of a donor, we have been able to provide the family with 2 beds (one for the mother and 2 little girls and another for the older brother) mattresses, bedding, soap, kitchen utensils ( dishes, pots and pans ), clothes and shoes, rent monies and food enough for 3 months. They are delighted.
Our volunteers will be at the Antigonish Farmers Market on Saturday, August 15th with crafts from Rwanda, including large and small baskets, large and small cloth elephants and giraffes, adult aprons, cloth bags, jewelry and banana leaf cards. See you there!
A favourite stop for our volunteers while in Rwanda is the ADAR Orphanage. A Partnership in Caring has supported several projects at the orphanage including purchasing medicines.
The orphanage has undergone a number of improvements over the past year. The first 2 pictures highlight the cistern and gardens (which will improve food security ) and the modern clean shower room with warm water improving access and personal hygiene .
The last picture is the old shower room. Imagine the difference for the residents and their helpers. The money for the cistern and shower room came from a generous donation from the Honor Yoga North Brunswick, New Jersey owners and clientele.
Now in Rwanda, work by our volunteers Maria van Vonderen and Carolyn Rideout begins. Maria and Carolyn spent the morning organizing the donated medications and medical supplies. They will be delivered to Kabuga, Mbuga and SAVE Health Centers.
On Thursday, A Partnership in Caring Society volunteers Carolyn Rideout and Maria van Vonderen visited the Mbuga Health Center, The center provides a number of programs including pre natal care, delivery and post natal care, immunization, minor surgeries, TB and HIV services, nutritional support programmes , General assessments and referrals to district hospitals , education focused on healthy sexual development, and voluntary circumcision for boys over age 15.
In 2018 A Partnership in Caring Society purchased a delivery bed seen in the photos below. We are joined by Sister Drocelle , a midwife who is also the director of the Center.
Sixty Days For Girls Kits, 25 pairs of glasses, bottles of children’s Motrin and Tylenol were also delivered.
Maria and Carolyn were able to undertake several great visits to ADAR this year. Time spent there is definitely one of the highlights of the trip to Rwanda. They were able to see the implementation of a successful water project by Mike and Sue of Honor Yoga, North Brunswick, NJ. In addition, thanks to the generosity of our many donors, some significant refurbishment of the buildings will take place. ADAR relies almost entirely on support from donors.
A Partnership in Caring Society volunteers Maria van Vonderen and Carolyn Rideout seen here with Frani and Lillian two of the workers at Emmaus Hostel in Butare, Rwanda. The Hostel is run by the Benebikera Sisters and this is where APICS volunteers stay while in Rwanda.
Frani and Lillian see to our every need.
Maria and Carolyn were able to witness a very successful project get underway at ADAR. As many of you know, this is a residence for physically and otherwise disabled children and adults in Butare, Rwanda. The center was originated and is run on a purely volunteer basis by Josepha, her son Yves and a volunteer board. We call Josepha the ‘ Jean Vanier’ of Rwanda.
Thanks to the generosity of Michael Favale, his wife Susan, and Honor Yoga of North Brunswick, NJ, we were able to set up a new water collection cistern and add 2 water heaters so the residents wouldn’t have to have cold showers. There was also some residual funding for some refurbishment of the very dreary washroom. Heartfelt thanks to Mike, Sue and Honor Yoga. To support our ongoing projects in Rwanda visit our website, www.apartnershipincaring.ca.