Dear Friends- I have received a short report from Jean Munyurangabo- the founder of ARDR in Rwanda. Those of you who donated goats or all or part of a sewing machine might like to read it below this message.
The goats were $40 and the sewing machines were $200. The ten goats that we gave are mainly used to fertilize crops for subsistence farmers. The two donated foot powered machines were used, in addition to existing machines, to teach orphaned heads of households and other poor youths to sew for a living. Upon graduating, students will form groups to share machines and run businesses making school uniforms and other clothes. The youths are taught in a tiny village in the country the building was an old storefront with no electricity. I met the teacher, a tall, painfully thin, man who was very dedicated to helping his students. Thank you so much for giving so generously. More machines are needed to help the next group of students get started after graduating.
Most of these teachers make 20,000 rwf or about $40 a month in incentives. Unfortunately ARDR has not been able to meet these incentives lately and is having trouble finding teachers for their preschool. When one cannot even buy bars of laundry soap or sugar for their tea they lose heart and motivation. If you wish to give a donation of any size to help ARDR with it’s operating costs please let me know. It is amazing what a small amount of American dollars can do for the desperately poor in Rwanda. One third of the pre-school age orphans that ARDR helps are HIV positive. The need is so overwhelmingly great, but I know with God all things are possible. I have personally witnessed the workings and programs of this small organization. They do much with little and waste nothing. Again- thank you and God bless you for the support you have given. -Sherrie Koehler Miller
To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last–but eat you he will.
40th president of US (1911 – 2004)