Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.

by PygmySurvival Alliance
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Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.

Pygmy Survival Alliance has four active GlobalGiving fundraisers in progress. Because of your generosity, I am able to report progress in all areas of life in the Cyaruzinge Village. This April report is to update you about the ongoing progress being accomplished in all of the projects. 

 

In December IBEW local 46 of Seattle gave the community a grant to install electricity in their homes. The electrical contractor began installing on March 24, 2021. To date, 22 homes have been wired for the 52 dwellings. A quote when they finished wiring her home. “Life is good in our home, now it is the best. I never thought they would be so wealthy.” 

 

Covid-19 has put a damper on everything and everyone in the world. The Charuzinge village sends their gratitude and wishes you a healthy year.  Rwanda has been in lockdown for much of 2021; with this restriction, no one in the Cyaruzinge community has contracted COVID-19. This also meant the Cyaruzinge Village couldn’t work, which meant they had no food. With your generous gifts for food, PSA was able to bring them food for which they are extremely thankful.  Their benefactors are people who live far away and you have to give money so they can eat. This tells them that you care about them the marginalized people of Rwanda. This act of kindness raises their self-worth and gives them hope of being able to care for themselves. In January they planting beans. They plan to dry half of the beans and save them for hard times ahead.

 

The chief Jean Marie asked us to help build a community kitchen to Feed the Children. The men started making bricks; however, the soil was too wet, the bricks were not of good quality, everyone agreed it was best to wait for the weather to change, and the soil to dry. It is important to make good quality bricks so the kitchen will last many years. However, the weather forecast is for 60% chance of daily thunder-showers for another three weeks. It looks like it will be May before the kitchen can be built. Now we have the funds so the kitchen will be built as soon as the rainy season ends. Claude translated a message from the village. They asked him to send it to you, their benefactors, “We are no longer temporary people, but people building for a future.” 

 

The Rwandan government allowed the opening of nursery and primary schools. Cyaruzinge has 69 students attending primary school.

 

Seven to twelve-year-old boys from the Village are able to attend primary school if they are fed a meal before and after school.  The parents and elders want these boys to continue in school so they will be able to contribute to the community and themselves. The community kitchen feeding the children will make it possible for these children to go to school instead of looking for work doing odd jobs to make enough money to eat. Though the kitchen isn’t built yet, we have hired a woman to feed ten of these children to keep them in school. They are fed breakfast before school and again after school before soccer practice.  

 

The soccer teams are practicing and to be prepared when they are able to compete again. With the schools allowed to open the coaches and players are hopeful that competitive sports leagues will be allowed to meet. 

 

The Amakondera Early Childhood Development Center is making progress with the survey done; the Architect is now drawing the specifics and we are investigating building the utilities that will best be suited for the ECDC. There is a shortage of water; we are looking into water catchment possibilities.

 

Tutsi Genocide Memorial Day is every 7 April. Dedicated to the memory of the atrocities of the 500,000 to 1 million Rwandans who were butchered mercilessly during the genocide of 1994. In Rwanda, there are candlelight memorial services, moments of silence for the victims, speeches, exhibits, conferences; all dedicated to the remembrance of those who died. As this is a memorial to the family of the citizens of Rwanda it doesn’t last only one day but throughout the month of April. Many of the Cyaruzinge people lost family members during the revolution.

 

I cannot end this report with the Genocide, so I am ending with this exciting news.

 

PSA was given the grant to encourage the expansion of entrepreneurs. In March micro-loans were distributed to six people in the community to help them expand their businesses. More on this as the micro-loan program grows. 

 

 

See below the attached Kwibanda (Focus).

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May this report find you healthy. COVID has all of us worried about ourselves, our family, our friends, and the whole world's safety. 

With your generosity, we were able to bring food to the Cyaruzinge Village during the January and February lockdown of Kigali. The Village never has an abundance of food, but during this past year, it has been even more difficult. Thank you for your support. The community has sent a Thank You. In the video link below shows Claude bringing the food, and at the end of the video is a voice loud and clear singing out in English, Thank You, Thank You. I cannot say it better. 

Our long-term project of building an Early Childhood Education Center also has made progress. We were able to purchase added land adjacent to the lot PSA purchased in 2019. We are moving forward.

Primary schools restarted on February 21. Claude helped the parents of Cyaruzinge enroll their children.

Thank You,

PSA team, the Cyaruzinge Village and Masoro Village

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 Dear Donors,

Thank You to all of you individuals who have chosen to support PSA. Your dedication to the People Left Behind in History has allowed them to achieve their desire to move forward during this challenging 2020 year.

PSA has one employee, Claude, our field Manager. With the help of many volunteers and donors, the pygmies in Cyaruzinge village

  • Fixed their storm-damaged homes
  • Learned brick making and built walls
  • Built Kitchens
  • Sold thousands of bricks
  • Organized the making and selling of Brochette Sticks
  • Restored Water supply building and managed sale of city water
  • Started savings society
  • Raised and harvested crops 
  • Received Agricultural Training on Fertilization
  • Initiated Substance Abuse prevention for their youth
  • Six youth started Vocational Training
  • Scouts engaged
  • Family planning taught
  • Medical cards 
  • A neighbor offered to sell the Pygmies his Land; we are buying it!
  • Wheelchair purchased
  • Hip Hip Hooray Electricity on the way
  • Soccer Balls have been given to the community as Christmas Presents 
  • Transportation and communication upgrades have been made
  • Food relief delivered - COVID-19
  • Amakondera Center Drawings and Construction Plans initiated

Thank you for being part of the team that is helping the Batwa help themselves. 

In Solidarity, 

Perrilee Pizzini

 

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Lots of exciting things are happening to make the new preschool a reality!

The land for the new building has been cultivated with beans and corn this planting season as a way to support the community while fundraising for the new school continues.  The agronomist helped us learn how to fertilize the crops this time and we are hoping for a great yield because the planting was timed perfectly with the arrival of the winter rainy season.  The young women's saving society or ROSCA is learning how to cultivate land and supporting each other by sharing healthy messages. 

The land will soon be surveyed by the surveyor to give what they call a "topographic" map of the slope and the surroundings so that the plans for the new building can be adapted for the specific lay of the land. 

Meanwhile, wires delivering electricity to the community for the first time are coming closer to the new plot of land and people are excited to have the chance to have electricity - and lights at night!-  in their homes.

The brickmakers are practicing their brickmaking and construction skills by building new outdoor kitchens for families in the Village.  The water cooperative is learning how to manage a sustainable water supply.

The flute makers have added new flute players to their ranks and they are practicing with the traditional instruments together.  

We are so grateful for all your support and all the people send thanks from Cyaruzinge to those of you around the world who are making it possible to build a new future for their children!


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Mr. Yuya's site plan sketch of ECD Center
Mr. Yuya's site plan sketch of ECD Center

We thank the donors who have contributed towards this project so far! We have made good progress, and there remains more to do to reach our fundraising goal. We are still thoroughly convinced that this project of helping children from the poor and vulnerable community is a valuable approach to contribute towards a productive future society.

We are happy to report that now we are working with Tonkara scheme, an architecture firm in Yokohama, Japan. Our colleague, architect Mr. Yuya, is providing us his expertise. His exceptional design is based on his previous experience with UNICEF in Rwanda for similar work. Since we started working together, our previous ideas have been greatly enhanced with the addition of many new features. Thank you, Mr. Yuya!

In addition, Mr Yuya’s notion of collaborative design, whereby beneficiaries give their views and insight on the infrastructure before a final plan is determined, has been a unique addition to involving the community. We will have an interactive workshop with beneficiaries when travel restrictions are eased. We are also planning to link Mr. Yuya with a Rwandan company to facilitate acquiring relevant construction permits.

However, these arrangements--like anywhere else--have been disrupted due to COVID-19. Rwanda initiated a lockdown to halt the spread of virus in March. That lockdown has slowed activities and halted others momentarily. For instance, making appointments with district land offices has not been smooth, and the backlog has lengthened. We wait for the situation to return to normal so that a geological and topological survey can be done, and we are keen to get guidance from relevant local authorities.

Our plans to visit Rwanda in May to further consult with in-country stakeholders and village beneficiaries had to be postponed, again due to Covid-19. However, for the last four months we have been busy helping the same community with basic humanitarian needs. As the lockdown came into action, people who lived day-to-day faced hunger.

We have worked with the local government to provide food and soap and to restore piped water to the village. This assistance helped shield lives from the shock of necessary Public Health measures, like social distancing, to reduce virus spread.

We remain excited for this project and are working hard to ensure that it will be implemented successfully. We encourage referral to anyone who might be of help in any way towards building and implementing this exciting, holistic early childhood development centre in Rwanda.

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PygmySurvival Alliance

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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Karl Weyrauch
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