Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season! We sincerely hope 2019 brings you good health and peace.
Thanks to your generous support we have initiated the payments for the 2019 1st trimester school fees for 16 children in our Rwandan families. We also have paid for their uniforms, books and supplies. As the children are in holiday now we can rest assured they are going to attend school for the first trimester. The children are most excited and thankful for this opportunity to continue their education.
In addition, we are purchasing more fabrics that will be shipped to Rwanda in early spring for dyeing with plants in Rwanda for stunning new Umva wool and silk scarves and wraps. Umva sales are steady, both in the United States and globally. We have set new goals to broaden Umva's artisan products. One goal for 2019 is to employ trained Rwandan seamstresses to sew finished products from the Umva dyed yardage thus broadening our product line. In turn, this will employ seamstresses and return income to them and our amazing Umva dyers and their families in Rwanda. Always our focus is on creating income producing opportunities to Rwandans. Everyone must be lifted together to ensure stability and harmony.
You are a valuable member of our work in Rwanda and we ask you to kindly consider making a donation as our year comes to a close.
We place a high value on transparency and strive to maximize impact on every donation. Thank you for your past support and please know how grateful we are for your continued belief in our efforts allowing Rwandans to shine!
By Jennie Norman and Nancy Zeller - Project Leaders
Our Umva ladies
Thanks to you and so many other generous supporters, Rwanda-one4one graduated from GlobalGiving's Accelerator program! Not only did we graduate, but our project, Dyeing for Peace in Rwanda, finished FIRST of 689 projects in funds raised! This earned us bonus dollars from GlobalGiving which will help us do even more for our Rwandan families. We are humbled by and grateful for your role in helping us gain access to this highly respected global platform and believe it will help us expand not only our donor reach but also our organizational effectiveness.
Your gift will shortly be at work helping Mariya and Victoire grow their dyeing efforts. We raised enough funds to buy additional dye pots so they can dye more fabric at once, and to buy and ship them more fabric to create their beautiful scarves and wraps dyed with native plants. We are working to find more retail partners to sell these one-of-a-kind textiles so that the women can earn more income for their families. Thanks to your generosity we are also able to cover the full cost of primary and secondary education for all sixteen school age children for the coming school year!
Our families are proud. They do not want a handout, but rather a hand up. Our mission is to provide that hand up by helping them develop means of earning real income and educating their children. With your help, we are well on our way to achieving that objective for 33 Rwandans and hope soon to be able to expand our reach to more families. Again, we humbly thank you on their behalf. And they say thank you, too!