Rwanda is one of the smallest countries on the African continent, and the most densely populated one. There are around 463 inhabitants per 1km2 here! Due to its natural landscape, Rwanda is sometimes referred to as a land of a thousand hills, and due to its history, also a land of a thousand problems.
- around 12 million inhabitants
- in 1994, it was a place of genocide – in 100 days, about 1 million people of the Tutsi tribe were murdered, 2 million escaped from the country
- agricultural country – farming generates about 63% of income from export (including coffee, tea, bananas)
The dry season has begun in Rwanda. In this region, it may not rain for the next four months. During this time, water always becomes a very valuable commodity, especially since it’s regulated by the government. In Masaka, for example, water flows from taps only on Tuesdays. Here, in a small house, lives a group of children, whom the Sisters from Angels took under their wings. This is where Claire’s children live, a patient of our hospice in Kabuga who passed away two years ago. It’s also home to Olive, orphaned by Speciosa, another patient of ours. A few years ago, as their mothers’ conditions deteriorated, their situation became dramatic. We immediately made the decision to assure the parents on their deathbeds that their children would be taken care of. As a result, a new project – a foster home for the children – was born organically next to the hospice.
Francoise, whom the children all love and call their mother, takes care of the children on a day to day basis. The kids all attend school. Even though Francoise tries to make sure there’s always enough water, ten 20-liter canisters don’t last very long for such a large bunch. This is why we just purchased a water tank thanks to which we won’t run out of water even on hot days. Anyone who has ever experienced tropical heat will surely understand how joyful and relieved we felt when we finally received the new water canister.
Thanks to your support we can offer drinking water to the people we help, but we also support them in many other ways – we make it possible for them to attend the best elementary school in the country, provide a roof over their heads, and offer excellent medical care. Their education, nutrition, school supplies and costs of renting small living quarters are all paid for by you. We thank you for this and ask that you continue to support us.