In the East of Rwanda in a rural area of Gatsibo is a Church built on land that supports many poor villagers of different faiths including 70 women who have HIV due to the legacy of the Genocide that ended in 1994.
The Church hosts a school where more than 150 children receive a daily main meal & in many cases, the meal will be all they have to eat in a week. At least 60 of the children attend school free because they are orphans or have mothers with HIV, who due to prejudice, fear & ignorance are unable to get work as no one will work with them & so they & their children go hungry due to lack of income.
A Pastor at the Church formed an HIV support group & when I visited, the woman told me their stories. They said there were many more women who could not attend nor could their children go to the school as they had no clothes & were ashamed.
They said, those that had work on the land tried to help the others & that some of them saved a tiny amount each week, I asked them what they were saving for & they proudly said coffins so that they could be decently buried. This is their immediate future without food or work as they are unable to take their medication without eating, so they know that if they go hungry, they will die very soon. This is their shared fate.
The Church bought the group two sewing machines so that they could learn a trade & work from the back of the building, but the women number 70 & more & they need more machines & a building to work from.
CDUK want to sink a well near the Church for village use by people of all faiths. Currently the only clean water has to be collected & paid for at a government water source several miles away at approximately the equivalent of one penny per litre
The Church collects fresh water for cooking & has to use rain water from muddy puddles for washing when it rains. Disease from the polluted water is rampant. CDUK want to provide 2 water harvesting tanks that will collect rainwater for the Church to enable better hygiene & cleaner water access for all their cooking & personal needs.
We want to help the women to make a secure building where they can meet, with room for at least 10 sewing machines, tables & storage so that they can learn a trade, support themselves, each other & their families.
Then maybe they will not need the coffins so soon as they will be able to eat, take their medication, earn a living & look after their children safely. Please help us to achieve this goal.