Rwanda One4One 2014
In 2014, our donors raised enough money to purchase a milking cow for our Rwandan family and to hire a cow keeper to search for grasses and fetch water each day. In March, 2014, the family cow died. There are 6 children at home, ranging in ages from 15 to 1 year, the youngest is Akim, whose mother died in childbirth. All the children are being raised by the Grandmother.
Without breast milk, Akim needed a good source of protein and fresh cow’s milk is the best option. We raised the funds needed to purchase a new cow and to hire a cow keeper to give Grandmother some relief from her daily duties. In June, the cow was purchased. ”Inshuti” the cow, meaning “friends” in Kinyarwanda, is now at the family home, giving 5 liters of fresh milk per day to the family. The family is eternally thankful. I have met the entire family and they are a fine family, working very hard to hold things together as best they can.
During the winter months before traveling to Rwanda, I coordinated with the founder of Alpha Community Academy in Kigali, Rwanda, and the principal of our town elementary school, Westmoreland School, Westmoreland, NH, a school drawing exchange. Each school drew between 170-200 pictures across a few months. The theme was what students do during the year in their area to share the differences in culture and activities. I spent a day at the academy touring the school, giving our drawings and meeting the students and teachers. The classes came together for group photos. One photo shows the students holding a greeting for Westmoreland and the other holding some of the drawings they had received from Westmoreland School. Alpha Community Academy provides schooling, grades K-6, for all the children in a specific community in Kigali. Whether they are without funds or can pay, all students get equal schooling, meals and care. Alpha Community Academy is a very special school and I hope we can give them some support as the year goes forward. Ideas are being considered and I welcome your interest.