Sunday, 15 April 2012
We are always happy to see the containers arrive safely! The Kahama crate carried over 17,000 books for children, schools, teachers and medical staff as well as classroom supplies and teacher resources: Education is key to an individual’s and a region’s development. And eventually an educated nation will lead to a progressive nation that is able to sustain economic growth.
We have supplied 94 more boxes of soccer uniforms and equipment to the schools in the Kahama region: Sports are important for personal health and fitness and are an ideal way to develop and strengthen a child’s self-image. The child learns that she has specific skills and is an integral part of a team.
As well as the medical textbooks the Kahama Hospital received bedding, linens, canes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, mattresses, an examination table, stretchers, 2 TV's, 2 DVD players, kitchen utensils, a microscope, toys and computers: As in the West it is essential for a large hospital and the satellite clinics to have a networking infrastructure to provide internet availability and to support the development of a hospital information system.
The Summerland Montessori School sent letters, pictures and 9 large boxes of supplies to the Faraja Orphanage. And we sent 41 large plastic family-to-family bins filled with items and gifts.
There were also 32 sewing machines, a large number of woodworking tools and a further 250 boxes of general supplies to help villagers to combat the effects of poverty and become self-sustaining.
Go to our website to make a financial donation, to find out what items are needed to fill the next containers or to join our team!
Local artist Derek Jones donated his time and talent to create this eye-catching artwork!
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Thanks to families, businesses and organizations across BC we were able to collect and ship hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of items to the Muhanga region of Rwanda (2010)
Rwanda, known as the land of 1,000 hills, is a landlocked country in Africa’s Great Lakes region. It is the most densely populated country in Africa, with a population of more than 8 million people in an area of 26,338 square km. The country has received a lot of support following the 1994 Genocide but is still striving to rebuild its economy. Nearly two thirds of the population live below the poverty line.
The Muhanga Hospital and a clinic received 7 hospital beds, an operating table, an operating chair, microscopes, blood pressure machines and cuffs, wheel chairs, operating room equipment, general supplies and bedding hospital bedding and towels. The medical staff were particularly excited about the operating chair as there are only 2 or 3 of them in the whole of Rwanda, and they cost thousands of dollars, but every bandage, every piece of bedding contributes to the wellness of families in Muhanga.
We sent 16,000 books and 160 boxes of educational supplies, which were distributed to schools, the hospital and clinic and to children in the women’s prison. The schools also received 2197 soccer jerseys, 160 soccer balls, shorts, socks, boots and other sports equipment. We ensure that half of the uniforms go to the girl’s netball teams.
We were delighted to hear that a sewing school has been built and set up using sewing machines donated by people in the Okanagan (BC).
The Summerland Montessori School sent 9 large boxes of items for an orphanage and Okanagan families filled 67 large plastic bins with items for vulnerable families.
Our container was received by Go Rwanda on behalf of the people of Muhanga
In a fortunate case of synchronicity we were talking about shipping resources to our sponsor community when a young entrepreneur, Rylan Hernberg contacted us to see if we would be interested in helping him to fulfill his goal of sending a library to Africa.
|Maureen B. and family worked tirelessly filling their own tubs of donated gifts and resources |
and encouraging friends and family to do the same.
Maureen hauled six totes to the shipping container!