Rebuild - Rilima, Rwanda

Hi, this is Nina, Madeline, Cortney, and Josh. For the past month we have been in Rwanda interviewing families in the community of Rilima. We talked to people who are beneficiaries of FMO, a local NGO. One woman we met stood out to us all. Catherine graciously welcomed us and shared her life story with us. She mentioned that she fears for her safety because her deteriorating house is in danger collapsing. In partnership with FMO, our goal is to raise funds to build her a new, safe home to share with her grandchildren.

When we arrived at her house, we were all immediately given unusually long but extremely comforting hugs. Catherine showed us her cow, Mbabazi (meaning forgiveness) which she received through an FMO program (this was the primary reason we had arranged to meet her). She showed us some of her property, including her house which we immediately noticed was deteriorating and unfit for standard living conditions.

Catherine mentioned numerous times that her house is unsafe and she regularly fears for her safety. It is very old and has many problems, including: a collapsing roof, decomposing doors and windows, failing water system, and a crippling foundation. She mentioned that she lives with her 15-year-old grandson, but he is typically away at school and cannot dedicate time to fix the house. She is scared that the house will not stand much longer.

This grandmother of 20 deserves a better home. We would love your help to give her this opportunity. Please reach out to us with any questions and any size donation is welcome.

What your donation can do...

$1 - 20 mud bricks
$5 - roof planks
$10 - bag of cement
$20 - gallon of paint
$30 - window
$35 - sand for foundation
$50 - stone for foundation
$60 - door

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Josh Wallis 
Hampton, VA
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