At Immanuel we are partnering with a community in Rwanda.We really value our close relationship with our brothers and sisters in Rwanda. Every year or two a team goes out and visits our sister village of Bugarama, and we are always amazed by the incredible welcome we receive. It is so humbling to meet people who have lived through such atrocities and poverty and yet who are so full of joy and gratitude. We have much to learn from them!!
A few ways we return the favour for all they do for us is to support them as they look to develop sustainable enterprises.
Our most exciting project so far has been our pig project. In 2011 we raised enough money to buy over 50 pigs, and within 4 years the people of Bugarama have multiplied this so that they now have nearly 400 pigs. They have used the pigs to fertilize the land, for meat and for trade and it is incredible to see how their entrepreneurial spirit is changing the community.
Last year we saw the need for a Diocesan Food Security program to be introduced to Bugarama to ensure a sustainable future through better agriculture and livestock management. The program includes the training of a local Paravet who will be supported by a qualified Vet, an Agronomist and a Social Worker.
Recently we sent 4 of our members out to Rwanda to meet with the people and consider how we can be most helpful and thoughtful in our next stage of the journey together. Our intention is to develop a small and highly relational micro-financing project to help encourage a healthy entrepreneurial process. We’re so excited to see where this leads…! For more information about our involvement in Bugarama contact Roger and Alayne Adams.