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Rwanda Sustainable Families
1428 days ago by
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Aids, Children, GiveBack
I traveled to Rwanda with a group last summer.  We offered healthcare to villagers in Gisenyi, Rwanda, where over 40% of the people are hungry and the average life span is 42-years-old. I fell in love with a beautiful but malnourished 8-year-old boy who wore ragged clothes and had a distended belly. He sang a wonderful song and won my heart. I decided to help him get back in school, which only costs $25 per year. Our translator suggested that I also give a loan to his aunt so she could start a business and support the family. Young Uwacu's parents both had died of complications from HIV/AIDS. His aunt traveled to the Congo during the week where she picked up odd jobs and returned home on weekends. I gave her $100 dollars. She now has a thriving small business raising pigs and selling vegetables right in her front yard. This was the beginning of Rwanda Sustainable Families. Our translator is now our project manager there. We have given loans to 33 families and have placed 35 children in school. I'll be traveling back there in May and I will offer support to a new women's co-op that we have started through which we buy sewing machines and lessons for them. They are so very happy now.
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