Happy Spring, everyone! It's April again, a month full of energy and life here in Washington, DC. With the cherry blossoms blooming and the streets bustling with activity, the sun seems to be shining a little brighter these days. For our friends in Rwanda, this month has also been about brighter days. April is a month of both mourning and moving on in the country. Just seventeen years ago a tragic genocide occurred that took place over a few short weeks in April, 1994. The month witnessed nearly one million deaths and millions more displaced citizens; the health system weakened tremendously and Rwandans were left with broken families and shattered lives.
Yet if there is ever a country that has proven the power of human resilience it is Rwanda. Today the country is on its way to becoming a model for developing countries across the globe, witnessing tremendous improvements in all key health indicators over the past ten years. So while this April is a time for mourning in Rwanda, it is also one for moving on. In fact, for fifty women in the Huye District, this month is particularly significant--it is corn harvesting month. Below is a picture of Donatha Mukantwali, the Treasurer of the women's cooperative at the Huye Health Clinic. Here she is with her children, ready to take home dinner after a long day of harvesting corn. Because of the generosity of all of our supporters, she and others will have one less thing to worry about in this month of mourning. Thank you!
Between May 2 and May 20 GlobalGiving is hosting a Recurring Donation Campaign. The projects with the most recurring donors get up to $12,000 in bonuses! If you'd like to consider supporting this project, please see this link to find out how to set up a recurring donation. I know I will once I graduate and move on next month!
So from the women's cooperative, our amazing partner RVCP and the GlobeMed at GWU Team, thanks so much for helping to make April a month of moving on and making progress in Rwanda. We look forward to updating you from the field this summer!