Our porridge project in Rugende was initiated in April. This semi-rural district just outside Kigali is one where under-fed children are not hard to find and the project provides a daily meal for these children. The church running the project for us organised a grand opening with local dignitaries coming along.
Those who have been following the blog will be familiar with the porridge project we have been running in Rutonde for several years. The project has fed malnourished children and helped their families to earn income for themselves. So far, this has usually taken the form of crops grown from seed or breeding animals.
For some years now, members of Loanhead Church have been sponsoring children through Primary school.
When we visited Mellisa a few days ago to inspect the repair work which had been carried out to her house, she somewhat speculatively, asked for a rabbit. So, this being Saturday and a day for adventure, we took on the challenge of procuring two rabbits, preferably alive rather than dead.
This morning was an early 4am start to visit our new porridge project at Rugende. It is still dark and the roads were quiet as we headed east out of Kigali.
A while back we told the story of Mellisa a her family whose house had been damaged in heavy rains that swept Rwanda last year.
If there is anything which marks the development of Kigali city it is the number of cars which increasingly clog the roads. Not so long ago, driving across the city was not difficult.
Inkurunziza Rugende is a small church some 5 kilometres outside of Kigali on the road east. Inkurunziza translates as 'Good News'. The church is run by the enthusiastic and energetic Paster Josue. For a number of months now we have been discussing with Josue how the church might take on a Mission Rwanda porridge project.
Besides a castle, an extinct volcano and more bars per head of population than any city in the world, Edinburgh is famous for its festivals. The international arts festival during the summer is the big one and we are not long past the science festival spanning the Easter holidays.