Feb 16, 2021

Foods Distribution during the lock down

Dear partner,

Your support to Aspire programs is still invaluable to us, thank you again.

This report outlines the actions taken by Aspire Rwanda during this quater to respond to the challenges which resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, and discusses the post-lockdown crisis response plan.

Beginning January 5th , Aspire Rwanda requested movement clearance and introduced a series of Home visits for families on COVID-19, and enforced preventive measures of constant hand washing and Safe Greetings at the center. Based on many Corona Virus cases were reported in Kigali-Rwanda on January 18th, the Rwandan government ordered a total lockdown in Kigali city. This is normally a tough time but was even more difficult for many families during the lockdown.

The lockdown was extremely difficult for families in our community who live from hand to mouth, earning little money to get by, including many of the mothers who sell vegetables and clothes in the street to earn a living to feed their children. Aspire Rwanda staff distributed food supplies to the families.

We have registered more than two hundred people who are members of families who are supported by Aspire Rwanda to seek support to be able to get back on their feet in this post-lockdown crisis.

It is extremely difficult for a family of 6 to live on $ 0.31 per day.

It would help if these families get support through empowering the mothers, income generating skills development, and peer counseling.

Income generating skills development: smallGroups of mothers can learn how to start and manage a small business. After their completion, each mother will have a choice to start their independent small businesses or working through the cooperative. The small start up capital can be given to each woman.

Peer counseling: Mothers can come together after training to discuss the experiences they are going through in their homes, and to learn the best practices in parenting, and other domestic challenges from each other. Experts can visit the groups at the center twice a month to facilitate and offer necessary emotional and mental support.

To support us and learn more about this program please visit our fundraising page “Help 100 families impacted by COVID 19”. We encourage you to donate monthly here. Even a few dollars a month will go a long way. Please also share this with your contacts and invite them to consider supporting this ongoing project.

Thank you.

Jan 30, 2021

Your support helping girls smile again

Teddy (25) from Gasabo District, is one of our many young women who have been positively transformed both socially and economically through trainings under our project “Empower 200 Rwandan Girls To Move Out Of Poverty”. She tells us how she now enjoys an independent lifestyle without looking to family members as a source of income.

“I dropped out of school due to lack of fees after the death of my father who was solely responsible for paying my school dues from a small business of shop keeping in our village.”

Teddy, a once miserable young girl, started seeing light for an improved lifestyle after attending hairdressing and life skills programs.

“I was empowered and equipped with skills of hairdressing in Aspire Rwanda which has transformed my life as a young woman.”

Teddy told us, “After stopping schooling, I sat at home and would do farm and domestic work with my mother. As a young girl I lacked several things to make me look like other able girls in the village. My mother could not manage to provide for me or my other young siblings at home.

Being home all the time exposed me to many men whom I looked at as an alternative way of getting small money to buy myself basic needs as a girl. This was the only way out for my situation. I did all this in ‘total darkness’ because I never thought of the consequences of having multiple men, I never thought of HIV/AIDS, pregnancy and other STDs because I was not aware. I was so exposed, every day I placed my life to risk of being infected with HIV or becoming pregnant and facing isolation and rejection.”

“The trainings on HIV/AIDS knowledge and other sexual reproductive health information greatly opened my mind as a young girl. The enterprise and financial literacy knowledge encouraged me and others to form a small village savings group.

“I saved my little profit share from the group business and later requested a loan from the same group, which I used to start up my own mobile saloon business with my mother. It is now the base of our financial status at home and my young siblings school fees are paid from the income we earn.”

“Teddy ended her story with heartfelt appreciations: “Thank you to Aspire Rwanda and all those who support them. I wish you sponsor and train many more girls such that we can live an empowered and independent life as young girls and not be trapped in poverty by men.”

We would very much appreciate if you can share about this project with your friends, family and who feel strongly about girls' education.  We encourage you to donate monthly here. Even a few dollars a month will go a long way. Please also share this with your contacts and invite them to consider supporting this ongoing project.

With great appreciation

Nov 18, 2020

The life of beneficiaries in pig farming

Dear Project Supporters, 

We are very happy to share with you the speak out of one beneficiary

 “We are very grateful for the support and I am so happy I was opportune to be among the first women to be supported with a piggery farm. The pig is growing up well and this has greatly helped me especially in the cultivation of other food stuff like Maize and vegetables. As I get to use the waste from the farm in the cultivation of the food stuff. At first, I had to buy these waste (compost) from the market to use on my farm which was too expensive. Most at times, I resolve in using other inorganic fertilizers that usually end up as a challenge to my health and that of my family. So far I have harvested, ate and sold vegetables like never before. I am really grateful for this project and I’m waiting patiently for the time we could start feeding on the pigs”.

We hope we will be able to set up other livestock farms for some other women base on the funds we will receive.

 We welcome your continued support in making a difference in the lives of more women.  We encourage you to donate monthly here. Even a few dollars a month will go a long way. Please also share this with your contacts and invite them to consider supporting this ongoing project.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at aspirerwanda@gmail.com or rshyaka@aspirerwanda.org

With great appreciation,

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