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Build the Esther's Aid Village of Peace!

by Esther's Aid For Needy and Abandoned Children, Inc
Build the Esther's Aid Village of Peace!
Build the Esther's Aid Village of Peace!
Build the Esther's Aid Village of Peace!
Build the Esther's Aid Village of Peace!
Build the Esther's Aid Village of Peace!
Build the Esther's Aid Village of Peace!
Build the Esther's Aid Village of Peace!
Build the Esther's Aid Village of Peace!
Roofing building #2
Roofing building #2

We hope you and your families are all doing well in these challenging times. 

So glad to be back with the GlobalGiving Family after being caged for almost 3 months by the novel Covid-19.

Things have changed dramatically since Rwanda’s lockdown and all schools closed on first week of March. Families had to adjust to remote learning, working from home, and more due to the countrywide quarantine.

It truly takes a community and it begins with one person loving and sharing what he or she has. That’s the importance of our work which is even more vital in these unprecedented times. Thank you for being there for us and helping to keep Esther’s Aid visible on your platform!



This brief report spans from January 2020 to March 2020 when the complete lockdown took place.

In the last quarter of 2019, we completed laying of the bricks for Classroom Building #2. Between January and February, 2020, we were able to complete the roofing of Classroom Building #2. This brings us to a total of 10 classrooms in building #2.

We were looking forward to raising funds to do the interior finishing of the classrooms and other components of the infrastructure. Though there is a global economic downturn, we are optimistic that every part of this work will be done and completed someday with the support of our friends, helpers and committed supporters.

We still have a long way to go. But we are optimistic that we will get there!!!

Roofing building #2
Roofing building #2
Roofing building #2
Roofing building #2


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Happy New Decade! One of the great blessings at this time of year is the chance to connect with you, my friends, supporters and family.  Many thanks to our donors from GlobalGiving for contributions towards Esther’s Aid Village of Peace Infrastructure. We want you to know that we kicked off 2020 with joy and great expectations, because of the progress at the construction site.

The construction activities are ongoing. The school block with 10 classrooms is already roofed and other activities are in progress. This quarter, we will be working on the interior finishing of the classrooms and landscaping of the area. At the completion of this phase, it will help to ease the classroom space challenges.

To shine more light on Esther’s Aid Village of Peace Infrastructure in Kigali, we want our donors to know that the construction work is divided into 3 phases. The reason is, we depend on donation to complete one phase before we move to another.

Each year, the students’ intake increases, but we can’t bite more than we can chew. Which means, we register less students because of space constraints.

Our Challenge: Funding for this project has been an uphill task to the point of embarrassment, but with our GlobalGiving donors’ sustained support, we believe every single component and phases in this major project will be completed. Our dream will come true.

Esther’s Aid takes this opportunity to thank everyone who is contributing and donating to support the Village of Peace project. God bless you!!

Esther's Aid, Rwanda


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Dear Friends and Supporters of Esther's Aid, 

It’s my pleasure to connect to our Global Giving committed donors and friends through this report. We are excited with the prospect that we shall be moving to the Village of Peace by 2020. How? Commitment to the cause. This is your investment!

The Village of Peace (VOP) will take our programs to another level by reaching additional number of youth, increasing the impact, transforming the Rwandan hospitality industry and keeping Esther's Aid sustainable. The infrastructure is on-going and shall be completed by the end of 2020.

For the past 10 years, we have been able to take thousands of youth from low income families into intensive 15 months’ Culinary Arts and Hospitality Training. They have been educated in culinary techniques and skills. This has positioned them to secure employment in the 5 Star and other finest hotels in Rwanda. Their lives and families have been changed and transformed. This is how the Esther's Aid Model works!

The Village of Peace (VOP) will be a permanent campus for all educational and related activities. It will provide an integrated facility to house existing training activities and more. The project will include 12 classrooms, Culinary Kitchen, Restaurant, Bakery, Dormitories, Cafeteria, Library, Computer lab, Clinic/Health Center, Sewing Design & Fashion Accessories, Exhibition Room, Gift Shop/Supermarket, Multi-purpose Halls, 5 let-able Guest Residences or Chalets, Event Halls and Chapel. There will also be an Auditorium and enough space to include a State-of-the-Art Kitchen, Storage Facility, Administrative Offices, Conference Rooms, Sports Facility and the Parking Lot! Additionally, there will be a walk way, fence, farming area and a finished road. All these components will move to The Village of Peace. That’s why we can't wait to move!!!


God bless you and yours! 

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Hello dear Friends of Esther's AId!  Our Founder, Clare Effiong has sent greetings to you from the field in Kigali, Rwanda and a multitude of “Thank Yous” for your generosity to help build the Village of Peace for Esther's Aid.

Currently, work is being done on Classroom Block B! With your help, the foundation has been laid with block walling, columns and ring beams completed! Thank you so much! As more funding comes in, we will continue working on Classroom Block B to finish the roof, floor, doors and windows. Once that is done, all it will need are the electrical and plumbing, plus, the finishes! We are making so much progress thanks to your inordinate generosity!

As we posted our project on GlobalGiving, much work had been done on Classroom Block A. This included the foundation, block walling up to the roof, the roof, columns and ring beams! The other things that remain are the floor, doors and windows, electrical, plumbing and finishes!

Truly, these are gifts from God through you, that have allowed us to get so much done! We are so grateful to all of you who have given so generously! Every dollar counts! Please, do continue to support this very worthwhile project. Tell your friends and family about the wondrous works of Esther's Aid. Remember, The Village of Peace will provide permanent housing to all our Programs! It will enable Esther's Aid to achieve so much more in helping the youth, women, children and elderly in Kigali, Rwanda and surrounding communities!

Thank you again! May God bless you and yours one hundred fold for your generosity!

Warm regards,

Colleen Lehane               

P.S. Don't forget to look at the pictures that are included with the report! Also, stay tuned for information about our annual Fall Benefit, “Dinner By The Bite”! Hope to see you there!


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Esther's Aid For Needy and Abandoned Children, Inc

Location: New Rochelle, NY - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @esthers_aid
Project Leader:
Clare Effiong
Kigali, Rwanda

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