Build Healthy Relationships in100 Rwandan Couples

by Global Grassroots
Mar 13, 2013

Couples are being united and reconciliated!

January performances
January performances

Dear Sir/Madam


Gratefully we thank our donors for being our most important parners who helps in building family relation ships in our community. We can't find words to say it, but all we can say is an endless BIG THANK YOU TO DONORS.

Sometimes one can start worrying if the goal of eradicating this domestic violence could be achieved, but donors like YOU always brings the hope and certainty that it is possible. it is possible to have a community where almost every couple is about to divorce today, then the next day that community can be turned into a community where those couples has became role models of good change to other communities.

We are so excited to share with you how our team is achieving its goals. The progress of our project is very amazing, and its impact in our community is such promising. Our team performed theatres in our community the last three months (November, December, and January) as mentioned in our previous report. An estimate of 2500 people attended our theatre performance.

Couples are being united because of our performances. Muhire Francois is an old man from our community. He had brought another woman, because his legal wife Alice used to give birth to only girls. Alice struggled hard to raise their children alone. Francois only cared about his new wife, as he expected to have a boy with her. Unfortunately, the new woman gave birth to a girl, as a result François beats and rejected her. The husband has been following our performances and he realized that he made a mistake and wanted to bring back his real wife. Whenever Francois came to our performances he would ask his wife Alice to come back, but the woman refused to go back home with him. One day came to us asking for our help after seeing how our work influences the community. He wanted us to play an act describing his family’s situation hoping to convince other men who abused their wives. Fortunately, it made her wife return back home.  “I gratefully thank you (Achieving a Better Life team) for your support in rebuilding my relationship with my wife Alice. I am with my wife again, because of your theatre performances.”  

In the next three month, we plan to continue collecting testimonials from the community about the impact of our project. The experience of Francois convinced us to start playing theaters with topics from community members as a tool to heal the relationships. Husbands and wives, children and adults people are all interested in our performances.

The challeges that we are having is to repair some materials tha we use in our performances. In addition to that, we are not yet able to raise money that allow us to find salaries of our actors including transportation.

No matter those challenges, we want to continue our path and we will not stop until every one understand this issue and decide to fight it with us. The journey is still long, but this is our passion and we enjoy its taste.

Don't you think that sometimes people needs to be reminded about the effects of their bahaviors in onrder to help them find the right path to success?

Wow, this year's theme of the international women's day was there for a reason for sure. "A promise is a promise"

We can fight violence against women in every community, and all we need is to work hand in hand as anti violance activists.


Once again thank you!


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Global Grassroots

Location: Portsmouth, NH - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Gretchen Wallace
President and Founder
Hanover, NH United States

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