Training Skills for Widows and Orphans in Rwanda

by Global Grassroots
Jan 8, 2013

2013 a year of impression!

Mushrooms of our team
Mushrooms of our team

Dear Donor,

Happy new year 2013!

We thank you for your continous support.

Since our previous report our team has been training the 25 widows and 25 orphan about having self esteem and the importance of working in teams for the betterment of a the family.  We also thought them growing mushrooms as a income generating project. Growing mushroom does not require a big space of land, yet it produces income to farmers. We are so excited to share with you the pictures showing how some of our mushrooms have well grown up.

Our team is making an amazing impact in the lives of the women in our community. Mutumwinka Thacienne one of our beneficiary gave us a testimonial saying that:" I am 22, and I stopped my secondary school when I was in third year. At that time, my two parents and one big sister had and a car accident and died. That sister was the one who paid for my school fees, as I had no one else to pay it for me I stopped my studies. Since then, my life become so difficult. Although I was smart at school, I was fired as I was not able to pay for my school fees. I used to spend days withought eating, and at night I slept in churches as I had no shelter. Later on, the church guard forbidden me to do so saying that it was not allowed. Then, I started sleeping in bathrooms of some people.  As a consequence I was raped and become pregnant. My child was almost dying of cold due to spleeping here and there. I was desesperate and hopeless. Finally, I joined this team. I am learning how to plan for my child's future through the training I receive. I am determined to start selling mushrooms that I grew to famous local restaurents. I am so grateful to people who had this idea of supporting us. Everyone can help for sure. "

Our beneficiaries were impressed to see us their neigbors with little income, helping them! They even were surprised to see how they are able to help each other to overcome their own problems by using encouraging conversations and actions.  We are serving fifty (50) beneficiaries. we visit them and follow up on how they apply the skills they got from our training. For those having children with malnutrition diseases we help them with sensitizing them to grow vegetables and we give them mushrooms. The women had an opportunity to share together their challenges and encourage one another in order to successfully overcome them.

We plan to train these people, so that after the six months we can serve another group of widows and orphans with similar problems.

Don't you agree with Thacienne that everyone can help?

Our joined effort can make an impressive impact in the lives of the people in dangers to lose hope.


Once again thank you for your support!

Mushrooms in the field
Mushrooms in the field

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Global Grassroots

Location: Portsmouth, NH - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Gretchen Wallace
President and Founder
Kigali, Nyarugenge Rwanda

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