Our commitment to Rwanda

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Dr. Matthias Straub

Project Coordinator Rwanda


June 2023: Progress of our collaborations - an overview

The measures initiated in January 2023 initiated Projects have made great progress through the summer. The coordinating staff on site, Aimable and Rosina, are working hard to coordinate the various charity tasks in Kigali, Rwanda.
More detailed information in this blog post by Dr. Matthias Straub: “The first harvest”.

School support program (for orphans and poor families): The students will soon finish the school year. Budgeting for the next school requires more long-term donors, which we must continue to work to attract.

The agricultural projects are progressing well. The first crop was harvested in early June. A cow farm project is still in the planning stages. Here we are also looking for donors.

The sewing machine project was successfully launched on April 17, 2023, made possible by resources from Stichting KOOK, Alkmaar in the Netherlands.

There are other plans to install water filters in the community of poor families and schools, but we lack the financial resources.

Our desire is to attract more supporters to invest in people and get involved in funding startups based on solid business plans.

More information:

First visit in January 2023: Four collaborations underway

For Menschenfreude e.V. , Jürgen Perteck, Axel Müller, Manfred Staat, Elka Sou and Matthias Straub were in Rwanda for the first time to visit projects and exchange ideas with local partner organizations. The goal was to “create opportunities for those who have few or none.”

Elka Sou, Matthias Straub and Jürgen Perteck visit the Muhanga region

Matthias Straub has recorded his impressions of the trip to the African country for us in his visit report – many thanks!

You can read the impressive article in our blog:
“A smile from many people – A Menschenfreude team for the first time in Rwanda”.
. Likewise there is
the video of the trip, made by Oliver Drathen.

Water filter plants installation, school cooperations and an orphan children project - A first overview

Two PAUL drinking water filtration plants were installed under the mediation of the Rural Development Inter-Diocesan Service (RDIS) were installed in the Muhanga area. We are looking into the possibility of installing further filter systems in Kigali and the surrounding area. Photographer Gregor Schläger kindly documented the work for us – many thanks for that, too!

A program for orphansand children from poor families was visited in Kigali. We are looking for ways to support the program, to seek short-term support models (e.g. financial support for school supplies at the beginning of a school year) and longer-term sponsorships to fund school fees, health insurance, etc. for the children in the program, and to expand the program to more children.

A “Second Chance” project was visited in Kigali: Sewing machine training for women to earn a living. The sewing machines were donated by the organization Stichting KOOK Alkmaar in the Netherlands. We are evaluating support possibilities for 2 teachers and the rent of the training room.

Project in agriculture: project to grow vegetables such as sweet potatoes, bananas and other fruits. We are looking for ways to support some of these efforts (e.g., help develop the land with water access and driveway), and help improve the surrounding infrastructure (e.g., water line to a local school in Kigali).

We would be pleased if our commitment to Rwanda appeals to you and you support us. We work largely on a volunteer basis and rely on donations to keep our charitable projects running. We issue an official donation receipt for donations of 300€ or more or upon request.

Donation account: Menschenfreude e.V. | IBAN: DE41 6609 0800 0006 6116 99

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(Last updated: June 2023)