Jun 24, 2021

GLOBAL GIVING REPORT. 2ND QUARTER - 2021

EA students with parners from Radisson Hotel
EA students with parners from Radisson Hotel

The Summer is here! Life is almost returning to normal, but not without masks. There’s excitement in the atmosphere as we are on the final discussion on how to continue the VOP construction from where we stopped during Covid-19 lockdown.

We are looking forward to finishing the school block which consists of 9 classrooms. What needs to be completed includes the ceiling, electrical, plumbing, tiling, plastering, painting, installation of doors/windows and landscaping. If funds are available to complete this phase, we hope by September, there would be enough classrooms to receive more students.                      

Esther’s Aid is reaching out to a team of Engineers who are interested in being part of this project. The ASA Engineering team in Kigali will be putting together the remaining component of the Village of Peace Infrastructure. That would include the clinic, chapel, guest chalets, dormitory, auditorium, state of the arts culinary kitchen and more. With our GlobalGiving donors’ sustained support, we believe every single component and phases of this major project will be completed.

Please if you've not yet given and still want to, there's always the chance to invest in Esther’s Aid Village of Peace Campus, where hundreds of youths are trained and empowered with employability skills in the hospitality industry.

Remember us.    Stay safe.    Stay Blessed.

Internship recruitment interview at Esther's Aid
Internship recruitment interview at Esther's Aid

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Feb 8, 2021

GlobalGiving 1st Quarter Report

Happy 2021!  Let me start this brief report by thanking the great team at GlobalGiving and all our donors and friends who supported us through GlobalGiving throughout 2020.

Yes, 2020 was by far the toughest year we have ever faced. In addition to the pandemic and other challenges we grappled with, like unprecedented school closures, economic hardships, and organizational turmoil due to covid-19, we are still here!!

Read the below bullet points to know what happened.

  • Covid-19 Lockdown started in March 15, 2020 Offices/ Schools were closed nation-wide
  • The Village of Peace project came to a grinding halt due to no funding
  • We enhanced our e-learning platform (https://elearning.esthersaid.org ) by adding more courses so students can continue learning.
  • We mobilized some little funding to produce simple cooking videos using basic techniques.
  • Due to Covid-19 Government guidelines, we had to restructure our existing school to accommodate the long-distancing policies. Adding more hand wash stations, more toilet facilities, more chairs, equipping the classrooms with gadgets for easy learning etc. These weighed down on already shoe–string budget we have been operating with for a while now.
  • Lockdown lifted. School reopened in November 2020, but with covid-19 stringent measures.
  • Due to Covid-19 government policy limiting indoor gathering, we optimized Esther’s Aid Pastry Shop by introducing take-out  menu.
  • Finally, 2021 is here. We plan to commence the Village of Peace campus project this first quarter, upon availability of funds. With our GlobalGiving donors’ sustained support, we believe every single component and phases in this major project will be completed.

Please if you've not yet given and still want to, there's always the chance to invest in 2021 to Esther’s Aid Village of Peace Campus. Visit www.esthersaid.org to donate. Thanks and God bless!

Sep 18, 2020

Esther's Aid Report - From Lockdown to Now

Visit by the US Amb. and the UNHCR Rep. Rwanda
Visit by the US Amb. and the UNHCR Rep. Rwanda

It’s already September!! So great to connect again with the GlobalGiving Team, friends, supporters and family through this September report. Many thanks to our donors for your contributions towards our Village of Peace building project.

It was an exciting New Decade as we glided into 2020 with the hope of accomplishing more on our Village of Peace project but the Covid-19 pandemic has halted our progress. In Rwanda, the nationwide lock down came in March as a sudden and disruptive undertaking especially to the educational institutions. The good news is that we had just finished roofing one of the school blocks before the lock down.

 

Our Challenge

Funding for this project has been an uphill task and the effects of the pandemic has made the situation even more dire since funding from donors has dried up. We are currently still using and maximizing the existing space and adapting to the current situation until things improve.

With your sustained contribution and support, we believe every single component and phase in this major project will be completed. Our dream will certainly come true so we can continue providing life changing skills training to the youths so they can become independent and productive members of their community.

Visit our website for more info and subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed.

View of classroom block building without roof
View of classroom block building without roof
View of classroom block building with roof
View of classroom block building with roof
 
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