Thursday, March 18, 2010
Our second visit was to the home of the poorest lady in the sector. She is widowed with six children. We walked to her hut with a parade of children and women. So surreal. The sector leaders introduced us to her and explained that we wanted to address her need for a home. She was weighed down with this gesture and didn’t quite know how to respond. We left her with her eyes bright and glossed over with tears and her smile big..
Today we visited the Shyogo Sector in Kayonza – we purchased the home for the Refugee Woman from Tanzania. Sector leaders greeted and welcomed us. Our sponsor son, from Tanzania, was with us and to his surprise and ours – she was in his village and he knew her. He was overwhelmed with gratefulness for the gesture and so happy in his heart!
Spending the day with Esther’s family in Butare. They have finally shifted to their new home… They are overwhelmingly happy and feel so very blessed. After 16 years of separation, this family is now complete and together. The transformation of these lives and the new beginning for this family is so significant and powerful.
A big thank you for goes to Robert and Violate for their work and efforts with this. Thank you to Loice for creating a space of trust with them - giving them a voice and listening. Once again, an emotional and heart filling day! ♥
Spending the day with Esther’s family in Butare. They have finally shifted to their new home… They are overwhelmingly happy and feel so very blessed. After 16 years of separation, this family is now complete and together. The transformation of these lives and the new beginning for this family is so significant and powerful. A big thank you for goes to Robert and Violate for their work and efforts with this. Thank you to Loice for creating a space of trust with them - giving them a voice and listening. Once again, an emotional and heart filling day! ♥
In honor of 50 years of marriage - my brother and sister-in-law wanted to share their blessings of life and marriage. To honor this, they have bought a home for a woman with four children. She is a refugee from Tanzania, who came back to Rwanda and instead of going with the other refugees to Kageyo refugee camp she went to Kayonza to look for her land - which was no longer. She was given a small parcel to settle on, so she built her thatched hut out of banana leaves - where she now resides with her family. Her children are with great hunger and malnourished. Her eyes held great sadness. Our hearts were torn and our eyes were filled with tears. Robert translated to her that she will be in a home soon before the heavy rains commence and that this was a gift of great love from Duane & Mary… Thank you for making a difference in the lives of this family! I am a proud sister! Thank you Loice for your compassion and for creating a save and caring space for her to share her story. Thank you Robert for finding this family in need and for leading us to her.
Meet Bunny’s sponsor family. It started with a new roof, then two parcels of land, and then a new little hut was built on her property so she can rent it for income. She has been lifted out of poverty and is now providing food for her family. She lives with HIVAides and has progressed to a balance state of health. Our eyes held such sweet tears as we visited about Bunny. She would have been proud that her empowerment of this woman has lifted her and her family to another level. Bunny you continue to make a difference and your work is not finished here on earth!
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Vestine, a child sponsored through ANLM, took us to her family’s home. She was excited to have us visit with her family. Vestine is a good student and is the only one in her family that has ever had the opportunity to have a sponsored education.
Vestine’s mother, Damarce, was waiting outside for us. Her slight figure was dressed to greet visitors. Her eyes were bright with excitement and she warmly welcomed us inside her home. Her older son brought in a bench for us to sit on and then our conversation started. Damarce wanted to share her story with us, thinking that we were Vestine’s sponsors. She informed us that she was HIV positive but with the government allocation of drugs she is able to maintain her health. Her big challenge was finding enough food to feed her family and herself; the drugs require her to eat regulary, which is not always possible. Her husband died of aides and left her with five children, three boys and two girls. Unfortunate circumstances left her 15 year old daughter with a young baby; who she now is carrying for too. One could look around and see the home was in great need of a roof. A tarp covered most of the roof and other large holes were covered with bricks, banana leaves and wood.
We then shared with her our intent for the visit and that our dear friend Bunny wanted to gift her a new roof to lessen her burden. She held herself very still, hardly daring to breathe; her eyes were wide and brimming with tears and so was ours. She embraced us with great affection and asked us to give her love and prayers to our dearest friend. So thank you our dear friend Bunny; you have made a difference once again.