Together We Fight for a Better Tomorrow in Rwanda

Rwanda

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.

Overview:
  • 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)
In 2023, we organized long-term palliative care for

38

persons in the country
We finance the education of

28

children of employees and deceased patients

25.04.2024

“My dad died because he knew they would catch up with him anyway. He didn’t want to run. He didn’t have the strength for it. He preferred to end it where everything began.”

Thirty years have passed since the Rwandan genocide. M. still loves dogs deeply, though dogs are rarely considered friends in Rwanda. She remembers only her dog faithfully waiting by her father’s body torn by mad hatred. In the dog’s eyes, hope never dies, even when everything else is destroyed. To this day, M. repays her debt of gratitude for dogs’ loyalty.

But not everyone was a devil.

“For two weeks, we were hiding with my brothers at a home where good people lived. They had a small house off the beaten path. At night we would go out to breathe the fresh air. Then one morning, the owner’s face turned to terror. He came and told us to run immediately because they were coming for us. I’ll never forget running, jumping over bodies that densely carpeted the road. We didn’t cry over them. We howled in fear for ourselves.”

“His brother betrayed us. After the war, I met him in prison. I was working there for an organization helping to free small children. I also helped him survive behind bars, as prison was inhumane torture. You wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy. During the genocide, he wanted us dead, but I could never wish death on him.”

“Justice isn’t good for everything. It assumes punishment. How do you punish genocidaires? The same way? We must break this vicious cycle.”

Urgent Help Needed

Save the Pharmacy for the Poorest in Togo

This amount will allow for equipping pharmacy shelves for the first half of the year. Ania and Mateusz will take care of this, and they will fly to Togo in February and fill the shelves with the most essential antibiotics, antimalarial drugs, and pain relievers. The Saoudé Pharmacy has people to save. It cannot succeed without your support.

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We already have :
3,420 EUR
We need:
6,667 EUR