Let's Build a Kitchen to Feed the Children!

by PygmySurvival Alliance
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Let's Build a Kitchen to Feed the Children!
Let's Build a Kitchen to Feed the Children!
Let's Build a Kitchen to Feed the Children!
Let's Build a Kitchen to Feed the Children!
Let's Build a Kitchen to Feed the Children!
Let's Build a Kitchen to Feed the Children!
Let's Build a Kitchen to Feed the Children!
Let's Build a Kitchen to Feed the Children!
Let's Build a Kitchen to Feed the Children!
Let's Build a Kitchen to Feed the Children!
Let's Build a Kitchen to Feed the Children!
Let's Build a Kitchen to Feed the Children!
Let's Build a Kitchen to Feed the Children!
Woman showing Kitchen needing repair.
Woman showing Kitchen needing repair.

 

 

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.

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

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 that has been designed to Feed the Children. We have enough bricks made and stockpiled to make the kitchen and our hope is to start the program when school opens in September. It has been arranged to install electricity and plumbing to the new kitchen as well.

This Kitchen to Feed the Children has 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.

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. 

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. 

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.
Moms Starting Sewing Apprenticeship.
Community Making Bricks for Kitchens.
Community Making Bricks for Kitchens.

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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 given them 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 Nzariturande 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 become 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 on the 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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