Woman showing her kitchen.
Dear Pygmy Survival Alliance Supporters,
Cyaruzinge Village Progress Report
July 30, 2021
By Perrilee Pizzini - Project Leader
All of the homes have Electricity. This has changed their place in the District, giving them status with the Government. Thank You Local 46 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. (Video of people showing their homes with electricity.)
Covid-19 is still a trial. Lockdowns, they are not allowed to leave the District, which limits the ability to do day-labor. Everyone must be home by 5 pm. Still, Covid is spreading. Only 3% of the people in Rwanda have been vaccinated. All of the doses are distributed as soon as they arrive in the country. Hunger is upon them; we are again bringing food to the people of Cyaruzinge and Masoro. (Picture of Claude delivering food.)
The villagers are excited to share with you all of the progress that has been made by groups within the village and individuals. They are learning the skills so they can fix their homes themselves.
The rain finally did stop and the bricks have been made for the Amakondera community kitchen. This inspired the community to make more bricks so they can add to the wealth of the community by building more outdoor kitchens. For the 52 homes, there have been only five kitchens. They have the skills to build the kitchens, but not the money for the roofing and the door. We are excited that they have taken the lead to ask for this assistance with their project to improve their lives.
Repairs are needed on an existing kitchen that was damaged in the hail storm last winter, needs a new roof and a protective coating over the brick walls.
Irerero (the nursery school) finished out the school year with the children happy and celebrating their accomplishments. (See attached video of children parading with glee.)
The six people who received micro-loans are pleased with the progress they are making with their businesses. (Picture of women)
Four young mothers have started sewing vocational classes. Two teens have been sent to a live-in vocational school for welding. Welding safety equipment including shoes, gloves, and goggles was delivered to Mugabo and Charis. (Picture of PPE and the two students.)
Three young women have finished their beautician classes and now two are doing internships with a salon owner; the third is now pregnant and will wait until after the baby is born to do an internship. When they have their certification as qualified beauticians they will open a salon.
The other trade school students are continuing their education, however, because of the lockdown, there are many times the schools are closed stretching out the length of time of completing the course. ( Show picture of the two women with the instructor for the internship.)
The brochette stick business continues but it is now slowed because of the Covid lockdown.
The children continue to play football (soccer) in the community square. Preparing for team events when Covid restrictions allow gatherings.
Claude wants to thank everyone who contributed to the purchase of his auto. It has contributed greatly to his ability to do the work to help the community help themselves.
The elder people in Rwanda have been given the COVID-19 vaccine and that includes the old people in the Cyaruzinge community. They were pleasantly surprised because they are Batwa, the forgotten people in history. Exciting and uplifting to not be discriminated against. Their standing as people has risen within Rwanda which leads to them believing they are worthy of educating their children.
No one in the Village has gotten sick with Covid-19 because they work at staying safe by social distancing.
Moms starting sewing apprenticeship.
Making Bricks for individuals kitchens.