SHARING HOPE – Meet the people of Nyarugunga
Nyarugunga Village residents gave a new name to their village when members of What BETTER Looks Like visited in 2010. The people announced with much optimism that “the village would now be called the Village of Hope.” We have not forgotten that moment, when the hearts of these people expressed the dream of a better life.
The village is home to 350 people who have been identified by the Rwandan government as people in need and have been provided very modest housing. In this rural country where about 90% of the people are engaged in subsistence agriculture, these residents are considered the “poorest of the poor.” Each person has been affected by the Genocide that occurred in 1994 which killed an estimated 800,000 people. Many residents are orphans who live in a ‘child head of household’ situation…they are young people, 22 or 23 years old, who have been raising younger siblings since they lost their parents. Others are elderly, have a disability, or suffer from HIV/AIDS.
The people of the Village of Hope have very basic needs: food, clothing, education and a way to make a living. Each family has shelter and water collected in cisterns. Hunger is prevalent with children and adults. All need our help.
All those in the Village of Hope are invited to ‘give something back’ to contribute to the creation of the Beloved Community. We invite you to follow the project, help make it successful, and celebrate with us as we see the positive changes and impact.
This community needs concrete help today. Please join us in providing what you can for this project, where our mission is twofold: to help the Village of Hope and to inspire those who give by connecting them to the significance of their gift. WBLL supports young adults who have been orphaned, to attend college and change their life.Meet two of our students, Claudine and Claudine!
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AMAHORO WOMEN IN RWANDA/CONGO – MEET THE PEOPLE OF NYARUGUNA, THE VILLAGE OF HOPE