A Partnership in Caring volunteers continue to support vulnerable persons in Rwanda. Fabrice’s family, early on in the pandemic, lost their home. Ivan, Fabrice’s older brother was deeply impacted and his schooling suffered as he was not attending. APIC is supporting the family by providing a new home. Ivan has returned to school and his latest report cards have placed him fourth in his class. Fabrice continues to do very well; socially, developmentally and emotionally. Fabrice has a younger brother and sister who are also doing very well since housing has been secured. Below is a picture of the old mud house and two pictures of their current home. Your donations to A Partnership in Caring are greatly appreciated. E-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Partnership in Caring continues to fund-raise for our various projects in Rwanda. Please consider making a donation. For details, see the letter below.
A Partnership in Caring, working with the Wishing Well Society installed 12 new cisterns in
Three Cisterns being delivered
Rwanda earlier this year. The total cost of the project is 13.3 million Rwandan Francs or about $18,000 Canadian. The project is the result of many generous donors. Our partners in Rwanda, the Benebikira Sisters say the installation of the water collection tanks has had a much greater impact than originally expected because of the Corona virus.
The tanks have been placed in several locations in southern Rwanda, including the Benebikira Sisters’ Save Convent, which covers not only the needs of the Sisters, but the health centre, the local community, and a student dormitory. The tanks provide water for increased hand washing, cleaning of the dorms, and maintenance of its cow herd. It has also reduced its water bill with the city as they only water it uses from the municipality is for cooking and drinking.
In total, A Partnership in Caring, in partnership with the Wishing Well Society has installed 48 cisterns in Rwanda over the past number of years.
If you would like to support our ongoing work in Rwanda, donations are gratefully accepted via E-Transfer at email@example.com.
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.