Weʼre raising £2,500 to help build a house for a single mother living in Rwanda, Central Africa.
This coming February, a team of 14 of us from St. Peter’s Church, Yaxley are heading out to Rwanda in Central Africa. We partner with the Diocese of Cyangugu and as part of our journey, one of the many projects we’ll be involved with is helping to fund and build a house for an impoverished single mother and her children.
Her name is Costasie and she lives on the island of Ishywa.
Her husband left her 15 years ago and went to live in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). At the time she had twins of 15 months old and very sadly one of them, Gatoya, drowned in the lake. Her other son is called Gatura; she also has a daughter and another son as well as two grandchildren.
A family isolated and vulnerable – All six of them live in what was the kitchen of their former house. it has two very small rooms and they all sleep, cook and eat in the larger of the two rooms. The roof has many holes in it, so when it rains they have to build a temporary shelter within the room to keep them dry. She has no work or income and very little land to grow any crops, meaning that feeding her large family can often be very difficult.
She owns the land the house is on, and when her husband was still with her they lived in a bigger house. Sadly, he knocked this down and tried to sell off the parts and the furniture. At the time, Costasie had gone to the DRC to find work, so her husband – on hearing she was not on the island – came back to sell off the house. When she came back all that was left was the small kitchen at the back that is now her home.
You can help create change – Building a house for Costasie and her family will make a huge difference. But this is going to cost money. Believe it or not, you can do this for about £2,500. We have already had some generous donations, but we still need your help to get us over the bar. If you can help us, you will certainly be part of something that will change someone’s life forever.
Please give generously by visiting our JustGiving page.
The Rwanda Team from St. Peter’s Church, Yaxley