COVID - Pandemic Brings Hunger

by PygmySurvival Alliance
COVID - Pandemic Brings Hunger
COVID - Pandemic Brings Hunger
COVID - Pandemic Brings Hunger
COVID - Pandemic Brings Hunger
COVID - Pandemic Brings Hunger
COVID - Pandemic Brings Hunger

 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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Your contributions to the fundraiser for the Pygmies during the Covid-19 shutdown of  Rwanda helped more people than you can imagine survive four very difficult months. 

The village people regard themselves as one family living together and thus do not routinely practice social distancing or wear masks. Yet, this photo shows them practicing distancing at the time of the first food delivery in early April. The community of Pygmies have had food through these difficult times because of your generosity, and they send you their profound thanks.

Members of the community shared their food with neighbors, who also had nothing to eat. This generosity was repaid when the same neighbors later gave them sweet potato seedlings, enabling the Pygmies to plant their own field of potatoes. The harvest in August and September supplied additional food to the Cyaruzinge community. Such sharing in times of need represents the best in humanity—made possible by the generosity of our donors. Thank you! 

We gave a second delivery of food the first week of June. The people received an enriched grain, Posho also known locally as Sawa, Beans, Cooking Oil and some Soap per household. As you can see in the photo above they were very excited and sang a song of gratitude. 

When the relatives who live in another Pygmy community (one who does not have a benefactor)  heard of this, they asked if we could give them some food, too. We did supply them as we could in April. Our field manager spoke with the local government to report that we had no more food to give that community. Because we had created a delivery route to that community the government agency was able to receive further food donations coordinated through local officials; and thus, the giving chain extended even further, because of our generous donors.  

Each delivery was approximately 3.7 metric tons of food supplies. The local government distribution came through with 3 kg of posho per Cyaruzinge family between when PSA was able to make the food deliveries. A third food delivery was given on July 13, without cooking oil or soap, as they had received both from the government's contribution. 

All of this work benefitted hundreds of families because of the generosity given to this request for help. 

 We are happy to report that the fundraiser was successful!

Deaths from starvation caused by COVID shutdowns have been prevented. The people are farming, doing day labor, and are again selling goods and services.

Still, the need for nutrition continues in the community. PSA is looking into serving a hot breakfast for school kids at the new Early Childhood Development Center in 2021.

 

Thank You 

 

first food delivery to Cyaruzinge Village
first food delivery to Cyaruzinge Village
Third food delivery to Cyaruzinge Village
Third food delivery to Cyaruzinge Village

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The situation in the communities of Cyauzinge and Masoro, Rwanda was difficult because Covid-related public health restrictions forced people to stay at home.  They could not work, and without work, they could not feed their families.

Because of this challenge, the food relief that we provided by this project brought great joy to many hungry families.

As the Covid restrictions continued, it was clear that the neediest families would need more help.  We worked with community leaders to identify families that were most vulnerable. We ensured that they received food and water during this time.

Also, we found that our efforts to support the community attracted the attention of the local government and helped to cement our relationship as a trusted partner with them in community development. We collaborated with our sponor NGO in Rwanda, and that enabled the provision of direct cash donations to the families in addition to extra rice and suger from supporters in the European Union.

So, in summary, this project has helped many families and children, and has furthered our friendship with local government and the EEU, thereby allowing hundreds of people to benefit from your generous donations, for which we say, "Thank you very, very much!". 

Social Distancing in Rwanda
Social Distancing in Rwanda
Food Delivery July 2020
Food Delivery July 2020
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PygmySurvival Alliance

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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Project Leader:
Karl Weyrauch
Seattle, WA United States
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