Rutonde Goats and Porridge
Rutonde district is the Presbyterian Church parish of Pastor Jean D'Amour. The area is 10 kilometers and a fifty minute journey by vehicle. Poverty among local families is easy to see.
It is here that we started our 'Goats and Porridge' project with the help of Pastor Jean's predecessor, Immaculee Mukamusoni. In October 2013, goats were distributed around the poorest families in the area. These provide a sustainable source of income. At the same time, a number of children who were not receiving regular feeding at home were started on a daily porridge programme. Some of these children were suffering from malnourishment.
As well as porridge, the children have been given medical scanning at the local doctor's surgery. When each child leaves the project, they are given a rabbit for breeding.
The project is not yet two years old and we are still developing a formula which is sustainable and provides for the most needy. The results so far are encouraging. The goats that have been distributed have reproduced are are now into their third generation. Several sets of twins have been born. The regular feeding is having a positive effect on the children which lasts beyond their time on the project.
The project has attracted the attention of the local authorities at Rutonde. In 2014 they were able to meet their malnutrition targets for the local area because of the project.
Please help us to keep this project running. In an area of Rwanda where there is no employment and little opportunity for families to sustain themselves, this work is making a real difference.