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Your investment/support changes and helps to save lives every day!

Your $100 investment buys one of the following:

  • 4 children at the school an egg a day for the year
  • A year’s worth of complete school supplies, uniforms, reading and writing materials, paper, and chalk for 2 children
  • Feed for 10 chickens for the year
$ 100.00
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Donation Total: $100.00

Your support is making so many lives better

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Your $250 investment buys one of the following:

  • 9 children at the school an egg a day for the year
  • A year’s worth of complete school supplies, uniforms, reading and writing materials, paper, and chalk for 5 children
  • Feed for 22 chickens for the year
$ 250.00
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Donation Total: $250.00

Your support is making so many lives better

Your investment/support changes and helps to save lives every day!

Your $500 investment buys one of the following:

  • 18 children at the school an egg a day for the year
  • A year’s worth of complete school supplies, uniforms, reading and writing materials, paper, and chalk for 10 children
  • Feed for 44 chickens for the year
$ 500.00
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Donation Total: $500.00

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One of the founders of the Project, Linda Whitehead, a U.S. based RN, went to Rwanda on a medical mission in 2015.

Upon returning home after witnessing the poverty, the health issues coupled with  the filthy living conditions of the street children, particularly the little ones, she was motivated to do something that would have a positive impact. She remembered the response of the Tutsi genocide widows had given when asked what they would like to better their situation. They immediately answered that they wanted a chicken farm.

And thus, the Rwandan Hope Project was born.

The Vision: To offer the widows and orphans of the ’94 genocide against the Tutsis, the street children and the pygmies of Rwanda a viable alternative to a life of incredible poverty, very little if any education or healthcare resulting in a mind-numbing existence.

Build a chicken farm facility, help it become prosperous, drill a water well(s) for the widows and orphans of the ’94  genocide against the Tutsis and care for, educate and school the street children and pygmies of Rwanda so that all of these groups become economically stable, educated and healthy enough to ensure that the prejudice and ignorance that fueled the genocide will not happen again.  And, that our Donors see the positive use of their funds in the building of an industry thus maximizing their impact upon people(s).  We see our role as a means not to give a handout but to give a hand-up, to be good stewards of our Donors‘ gifts because without our Donors, nothing can be achieved.

The Project’s funds have been allocated toward the construction and daily operation of a chicken farming business and this has thrived and become self-sustaining.

Currently, we provide an egg snack for each of the 223 children in the Comfort Primary School. In the future, we intend to supply general support, and more food supplies, along with medical and dental and educational supplies to the street children at the School. It doesn’t take much imagination to understand the need for things like eye exams, and eye-glasses.

Another, aspect of the Project is the drilling, completion, and daily operation of a fresh water well. The clean drinking water from the well is distributed to the chicken farm, the widows and the orphans, and the other members of the Nyamata community and their crops.

While Linda was in Rwanda, she met privately with a small group of women who became widows during the many gruesome tragedies of the Tutsi genocide of ’94. She asked these women – if they could have anything that they wanted or needed, what would that be? The women unanimously replied that they would like a chicken farm. Not money, not land – just a chicken farm

The chicken farm has allowed the community to bring in income, as well as food. The eggs that the chickens produce also provide nutritious, protein-rich snacks for the children at the School, and with the education provided, it sets them up for greater success in their lives, in their community(s) and as future leaders of their country.

In the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsis, over 1 million people died. The survivors that the Project works with are educated, and well motivated people who were, also, the victims of unspeakable and horrifying violent crimes. Many witnessed the killing of their family members, and many more were themselves victims of sexual violence – and were often intentionally infected with the AIDS virus.

These scars are not easily forgotten nor removed. The despair from what happened earlier plus the unemployment, the incredible poverty and the feelings of not being able to in any way contribute to a meaningful life, left a huge hole in many lives.

The Project has made a great impact on this community in just a few short years.  Participants have worked hard these past few years, and are now successfully running a stand-alone, profitable business.

They are so successful, in fact, that local government officials take tours of their operation(s).

The children in the Comfort Primary School are tested yearly by the Rwandan Government. The results have shown a positive trend. In fact, one of our young girls recently scored so high on her exams that she was given a full educational grant by the Rwandan Government.

We have just purchased and had installed 4 water tanks and laid a water line to the City’s water-line for the School.  We are currently in a joint venture with the people of the chicken farm for a feed-mixer machine and negotiating for a place to put the extra feed that the widows/orphans plan on selling their feed mixtures a little under market and making at least 40% to 45% profit.  Market for the eggs is huge and they can sell as much as they produce, and with this feeder their profit potential is quite good.

Since, we started the RHP,  it was decided to help make each Project able to stand on it’s own before moving forward.  This chicken farm Project in Nyamata has been profitable since February of this year and now we are evaluating their success before we start another chicken farm.

As part of the Project’s Agreement with the widows and orphans of the genocide who participate in any aspect of the chicken farming business, they must each agree to take ownership of the business, as well as their own health issues, the welfare and health of the chickens, and the daily care of the chickens. Also, all participants are taught how to manage the egg production and sales, to know what to do when the hens that are no longer able to produce eggs, to keep accurate books for both the chicken/egg production and a water well if one needs to be drilled. The participants must agree to learn the entire operation of the business so well that they are able to teach others how to run a similar operation.

Additionally, records are made as to every aspect of the chicken farming operation for instance, the production and sale of eggs, hens no longer capable of production, and their veterinarian operations. Just look at the success of their chicken farming business if you need any further proof.

We work closely with a Reverand Pius in Rwanda who has his own Rwandan tax exempt organization, the GNPDR, and is very familiar with the widows and orphans of the genocide against the Tutsis and the plight of the street children. We most often communicate via video calls. We, also, will make a personal visit.

In addition, the Project is a n U.S.501 (C) (3). Talk with your accountant before you make any investment/support  because we are not qualified to give you tax advice.

Over the last 2 1/2 years, we have closely monitored the books and expenditures of the Rwandan Hope Project, and worked side by side with the participants in each undertaking.

Finally,  the Project’s  participants have never failed to do what was agreed upon, and their results speak for themselves. Since early 2019, our first chicken farming operation has been able to completely stand on its own. In a matter of months, we will begin another such project.

While the School for the street children is already established in part, it will need some new buildings eventually. In addition, we intend to expand the food service to include other proteins such as chicken meat, milk and porridge, more intensive medical care and dental services, and educational supplies to the students. We want the charity to be prepared for anything that may arise.

The needs of the chicken farming business will surely evolve, and we want to see this operation continue to grow and flourish, and to have chicken farming businesses throughout Rwanda.

From the beginning of each operation(s), the Participants are taught to learn the business well enough to teach others how to start and operate a new chicken farming business somewhere in Rwanda. Expenses for new operation(s), supplies and education will need to be addressed.

Yes. we are!  We are an officially certified U.S. 501(C)(3).

Yes, we do! All investors receive an email with a tax-deductible receipt of their investment/support.

That’s COMPLETELY up to you! We offer pre-set investment amounts, which correlate to the cost of specific needs of our Nyamata community efforts and/or the School, as well as custom investment amounts, and recurring investment amounts, for those of you interested in becoming an ongoing supporter(s) of the chicken farming business(es) and the School(s).