Our Rwanda Partnership
Events of the last year have prevented us doing as much as we would have liked, with our small team of 3 focused on our local mission in Dunbar FoodShare. We have however managed to keep in regular contact via social media and welcomed Janet Umuhoza as our new LCK Communications
Lead. Janet is Pastor Joseph’s daughter-in-law and she has very recently visited our farming community in Mvumba. She reports that the farmers are doing pretty well and have harvested 350kg of maize and 300kg of beans which will improve their income though the challenge has been the lack of access to markets which they hope will be rectified very soon. All being well they also hope to plant Chia seeds for which there is a greater market. In August we once again sent out money to cover their health insurance plus food and supplies.
Of course our friends in Rwanda have not been spared the consequences of Covid and many in Pastor Joseph’s family became ill with the virus though thankfully all have made a full recovery. 2021 also saw the marriage of Joseph & Cecelia’s son Eli. Today the Living Church Kibungo is open again
and seeing a good return of worshippers. The Nursery too is open once more with the happy sound of children’s voices eager to learn! The Living Church has managed, with the help of a bank loan, to buy an adjacent house to relocate the nursery school into more suitable accommodation and a generous benefactor provided the desks and chairs for the children as you can see in the photographs. Each year, via DPC sponsorship programme, we send out almost £2,000 to help support these children and during lockdown this money was used to help provide food for every child and their family.
Following a visit form Callum Henderson, Director of Comfort International, Dunbar Parish Church held a special offering for Comfort International which resulted in £615. The team hope to initiate future fundraising opportunities this year and would like to thank everyone who has continued to support this mission. Sadly unless we have an injection of new volunteers, activity within this Fellowship is liable to be minimal for the foreseeable future. If you
would like to join us and help boost support we’d love to hear from you!
The Rwanda Team
Kilvert and Margaret Croft, Alan and Anne Low, Moyra Wright, Kirsten Bell, Kirsty MacArthur, Lena Glass, Moira Anthony