OHFI in Rwanda
The 1994 genocide in Rwanda and the prevalence of AIDs and malnutrition have led to overwhelming loss of life and physical, mental, and emotional hardship.
The work of PHARP in Rwanda is led by Anastase Rugirangoga and Protais Nshogoza. The projects are intended to support the empowerment of local communities, encouraging people to work together towards development, peace, and reconciliation.
OHFI, alongside PHARP, supports:
- Training of community workers and leaders in community development care and for children.
- Community empowerment and sustainability programmes.
- Assistance with the purchase of land, pigs, sheep, goats, and chickens together with training in farming practices.
- Educational opportunities for children.
- Adult education in life and work skills, particularly tailoring, carpentry and agriculture.
- Protection of children from exploitation, child labour, trafficking, and child marriages.
- Covid-19 relief (food and hygiene packs)
To find out more about PHARP-Rwanda, please visit: www.pharp-rwanda.org
Piggery and Agriculture
We know that this project worked and can work again, so we are committed to restocking the piggery and expanding the animal programme to include more families in the area.
Poultry Project — Pilgrim Nursery School
Ohfi is entering into an agreement with the parents’ committee in June 2022 to help them develop a poultry project. The aim of the project is to raise enough money to support the children’s education and school attendance, and provide them with a meal each day.
Many young people must leave school to work, so they help their families. They have few if any qualifications or skills to earn enough to live. Our current projects include providing sewing/tailoring and carpentry courses. These are 6 to 12 months long. We help support the students while they are training, and upon graduation we gift them with tools so they can utilise their new skills.
Give to OHFI in Rwanda
Your donation to OHFI’s work in Rwanda is deeply appreciated. Our work spans: the Gicumbi Piggery Project, in which all donations can help re-stock the piggery and expand this successful programme to other families in the area; the Pilgrim Poultry Project, in which your donation can support the children’s education and school attendance, and provide them with a meal each day, and Rwandan Vocational Training, in which your donation can help in teaching new skills to young students to enable them to find work.
‘I was very happy to receive the piglet, and cared for it as if it was a human child. The pig grew up and gave birth to ten piglets. I passed three on to other members of the group, according to the agreement, as this is a revolving project.’
Vestine sold the remaining seven plus the mother, and used the money to buy a cow. This meant she began to have enough fertilizer for her garden, and could produce beans, carrots, egg plants, onions and other green vegetables.
Her health and the health of her children began to improve. The cow had a bull calf, which Vestine sold. Using the money, she bought iron sheets and renovated her house:
‘Today, I am a different person from who I was before. Though I live with HIV, nobody can read it from my face. I am not helpless nor hopeless; I am self-reliant. I have a house, a cow, and a garden. I feed my children, and send them to school.’
Vestine pays her family’s health insurance, and she is hopeful she will live longer and see her children grow up:
‘I am very thankful to PHARP and the friends of OHFI for being a channel of God’s blessing for my children and me.’
‘As I have been helped, I pledge that I will make sure that I have helped somebody else from this sewing machine.’ — Helene