Bringing Hope To Rwanda
A desire to help others sprang forth once the chicken farm business began to be successful and the water well became an integral part of Nyamata life. And so, the Comfort Primary School in Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali was adopted by the Project.
* Two buildings were built in Nyamata, Rwanda;
* 1,500 chickens were bought;
* drilling for a water well began;
* veterinary services were contracted for the chickens;
* Rwandan ownership arrangements were completed.
* the water well was completed;
* lines and right-of-ways were purchased;,
* eggs were collected for sale;
* some of the eggs were purchased and sent to the children at the Comfort Primary School;
* late in 2018, the School became part of the Project with regular egg deliveries;
* The chicken farm received 2,400 new chickens.
* In February, the chicken farm business became an economical success;
* Population/support for the street children increased from 117 in 2017 to 223 in 2019;
* The Project was certified as its own 501 (C) (3);
* The chicken farm purchased a feed mixing unit;
* The School dug and laid a water line, connected it to City water and installed filters for all their water needs. The bathrooms were plumbed for water and students have fresh drinking water.
2020* The local government made special allowances for the farm to build a warehouse for the feeder and to have an office for their mixer operations.
* School population increased to 248 students.
Fresh, Clean Water - Something New and Different
This Nyamata community, now has hope, 135+ people and their crops have fresh, clean water. Our friends in this area, no-longer have to struggle for the essentials of life such as food and clean water.
The Nyamata area has been burden with a very negative identity for many years. but thanks to the support of the GNPDR in partnership with the Whitehead Family, the widows, men ( many of which were orphaned too), women and children of this community now have a new, more positive identity.
Attending School for the 248 students this year at the Comfort Primary School isn't just about getting a much coveted education. It is also an opportunity to receive daily some equally coveted nutritious food. Receiving an egg, a snack, at School when living amid such severe poverty is a welcome treat.
And as the saying goes-"feed your stomach and feed your brain," so with a bit of food inside them, the children have markedly improved both their physical and mental health.
The students' ability to retain information has for some significantly improved. One of the female students recently did so well on her national exams that she has been offered a life-time grant for continued education.
We finished this year successfully connecting to the City of Kigali water supply. We now have fresh, clean, filtered water in the bathrooms and fresh, filtered drinking water for all the students. For many of the children, it's the first time that they have had access to fresh, clean water. In addition, based upon years of research both in the U.S. and in Africa, we will add moringa powder to the chickens feed and , and are currently considering adding moringa powder in the students' daily food intake to increase their protein, amino acids levels, vitamins levels; but, their mental and physical health.
Of the more than 1,000,000 men, women and children killed in the '94 genocide against the Tutsis, there are approximately 100 widows and orphans still alive in the Nyamata community. These surviving widows and orphans have not only become healthier but are growing in confidence as a result of their chicken farming business.
A business run by women is becoming less unique in a society that had once discounted women. The Rwandan Government has made real efforts to put a stop to discrimination; however, old habits for some are hard to break. Now these once heavily traumatize ladies and orphans have some spending money in their pockets. With the progressive attitude and generosity of their Government, along with the chicken and egg proteins that they receive from the chicken farm, it has served to greatly improve their self-esteem, their health and their lives in general.
Rwanda is the second smallest country in Africa but it now has the fastest growing economy in all of Africa. From the growth in tourist traffic to their growth in sophisticated businesses, Rwanda is a true miracle in the making.
As mentioned earlier, we joint-ventured this last Summer with the Chicken Farm to purchase a Mixer Unit. We calculate that because of the extremely high cost of feed, that this will reduce their costs of operations by 35% to 40% by mixing their own feed. The local Government officials have granted the Chic. Farm enough land to house their Mixer Unit, feed supplies and an office. Based upon years of research as discussed in the Section above, we are currently in negotiations to add moringa powder to their chicken feed. Again, it will increase the chickens' immune systems; have a positive effect upon feed costs; and, improve the quality of their eggs and meat. They will be able to mix enough feed to sell some and that will be another source of income for them. All profits will be split 1/3rd to the Widows and Orphans, 1/3rd to a savings account for the Chic. Farm and 1/3rd to help with an additional Chicken Farm Project.
Drilling the Water Well
The fresh well-water tanks at the chicken farm in Nyamata
The Rwandan Hope Project is dedicated to improving the livelihood of the genocide widows and orphans and the street children through income generation, fresh water, improved healthcare and education.
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