Oct 26, 2020

Distribution Completion in VOH Kabisine

On October 2nd, 2020 Dufatanye Organization (DO) finished delivering and distributing the vegetable and tree resources to Kabisine. The 105 villagers gathered together with 10 leaders elected to manage the distribution of trees, vegetables and manure, as well as, monitor and evaluation of their groups kitchen garden. DO distributed 10 improved banana suckers, 2 fruit trees and vegetable seedlings to every beneficiary. A total distribution of 5,460 vegetables and fruit for the dry mountainous village of Kabisine.

The VOH Kabisine project ran from June – October of 2020. The beneficiaries learned the proper cultivation of bananas and the importance of creating a kitchen garden on their slopey hillsides for soil retention. Now every beneficiary has a means of vegetables growing outside their door and should not go to bed hungry. Even 1 beneficiary was ingenious and created 3 kitchen gardens outside his home, by using dead banana trunks. He was very excited to show us his ingenuity and Dufatanye was extremely happy to see his self-motivation and example to everyone in the village.

The laying hens was one of our more difficult piece of the project. Some of the beneficiaries thought we were tricking them because no one would give chickens out for free. The laying hens needed more specific care and protection than the beneficiaries had never known, so they learned the proper treatment of them. Some hens were lost to thieves and birds. The exotic breed DO distributed grows faster and lays longer than the local breed. This will provide them with eggs for a longer season than they have experienced in the past. “My malnutrition is now history,” spoken by a beneficiary.

Trauma training was taught 3 days with everyone in attendance and very attentive to the knowledge they were gaining about stress, trauma, symptoms, forgiveness, grief, etc. After the last class 2 of the villagers walked with the staff and shared their thoughts on the class. One lady said, “my mother and I have been distant for 4 years. I learned from the class that I needed to work things out with her and forgive her. I did! And now we are working on building our relationship again. I feel so free now.” Mark shared his thought about his life and the loss of his aunt, “this class helped me to let go of some of my past pains and move forward in life.” Maybe this year he will be able to celebrate Christmas again.

DO began it’s 3rd VOH-Nyabisindu on October 23rd working with 58 widows. Please share our program link with your friends and help us to continue spreading the improved agricultural practices and decrease malnutrition in the Southern Province of Rwanda.

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Aug 21, 2020

Emergency Food Distribution During the Corona Lockdown

John's mother receiving food
John's mother receiving food

Because of your donations during the Corona lockdown the Wellness organization was able to provide food and non-food items (NFI) multiple times to 45 people living with Diabetes (T1D). The beneficiaries would travel from all over the Nyanza district to our office and receive their portion for the week. The lockdown made it extremely difficult for those living with diabetes to have enough food and without the food they were not able to inject themselves with insulin. Ten of the individuals ended up in the hospital with serious health complications due to lack of food. No one was working, and even if possible business owners do not hire those with T1D because they consider them weak or they are afraid of catching T1D. We believe that your support for the ones living with T1D saved many of them from sickness and kept them from entering the hospital.

Many of the beneficiaries would express their sincere thanks for the food. “We would have died if there was nobody to save us during this Corona!” remarked one beneficiary. "We thought that nobody cared for us," remarked another.

Wellness received close to $1,000 which provided each beneficiary 8kg of rice, 5 kg of beans, 10 kg of maize flour, 1 liter of oil and 1 bar of soap, which was distributed to the 45 direct beneficiaries 3 times during the Corona lockdown. This had a total impact on the lives of 270 individuals. The beneficiaries were able to take home food items that blessed the whole family. Now the family saw them as a viable part of the family, instead of a burden to them.

We desire to continue the food distributions as we look for more sustainable ways for the beneficiaries to provide an income for themselves. It will take time to raise the funds for job skill training, so in the meantime to help them regulate their blood glucose we want to continue the distributions of food.

Thank you so much for your gifts and sacrifice, please share and continue to positively impact the lives of those living with T1D. They need your encouragement.

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Wellness Organization

Tel: +250788360603

Email:wellnessorganization30@gmail.com

Enjoying food for the journey
Enjoying food for the journey
beans
beans
Distribution
Distribution
The group
The group
Abdul in the hospital
Abdul in the hospital

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Aug 20, 2020

Playground Still in need of Funding!

To date we have not been able to raise any money for the playground, except what Reza with Power to Play has raised. The children desperately need a safe place to play that can keep them out of the lake where many lose their life since they don't know how to swim. 

We desire so much for them to have opportunity to play, learn from each other and exercise. School may not start until January, so now would be a great time to build the playground. Reza can come since the testing requires 5 days for Corona. 

Please help him to come and we build together.

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