ARDR received a grant from the Global Fund in April 2014 to provide an additional 24 cows to the HIV/AIDS Program. This program supports women impacted by HIV/AIDS. The cattle were provided to women in the Kayonza district bringing the ARDR total to 200 for the entire HIV/AIDS Program.
April 18, 2014 was a momentous day as ARDR Allies and Wright State University signed a five-year agreement to partner in the areas of:
- Establishing joint service and community development projects.
- Organizing joint research programs.
- Establishing internships.
- Expanding the Institution’s Ambassador program.
- Other service related programs benefiting both parties.
Wright State University (http://www.wright.edu) is a nationally recognized institution of higher education and we are excited to collaborate with them on future projects at ARDR in Rwamagana, Rwanda.
We are happy to report that the cast has been removed and Fabiola Mutomi is doing fine. Melissa and Bryan Suddith of Dayton, Ohio recently visited ARDR in Rwamagana so Jean Munyurangabo (ARDR Executive Director) took them to see Fabiola. “It was such a wonderful experience meeting Fabiola and her foster parents, especially after we had been praying for her healing from the accident. We were happy to see that she was healed and happy” said Melissa.
Melissa went on to say, “It meant a lot to personally see how ARDR is impacting people’s lives. We learned that Fabiola’s sponsorship paid for 90% of her medical expenses since it covers health care as well as education.” Fabiola told Melissa and Bryan through Jean’s translation that she is afraid to go to school due to the accident.
Melissa finished by saying “we are praying that with God’s help we can build a school and clinic closer to her village to keep Fabiola and the other children out of harm’s way.”
On February 19, 2014 we received a text message saying that a truck had hit Fabiola Mutomi as she was leaving school. We then began receiving pictures (from the hospital) of Fabiola’s pretty face banged up and swollen and her arm bending in ways a little arm is not supposed to bend. As part of the sponsorship program, Fabiola has health insurance and was able to receive treatment and return to school in a couple of weeks with a cast on her arm.
A major objective of ARDR Allies is to secure funding to assist ARDR with the construction of a school and clinic on centrally located land so that accidents like these won’t keep happening. Learn more about the projecthere.
ARDR Allies met Fabiola Mutomi in July of 2012. ARDR took us to her house so we could meet her since she is one of our sponsored children. ARDR Allies President, Laurent Muvunyi is her sponsor.
Fabiola’s foster parents invited us inside and treated our team to a Fanta to cool us off on a hot day. Laurent presented Fabiola with a dress and a t-shirt, we took some pictures and video then we were on our way to the next stop.
Here she is featured in the ARDR Allies documentary:
ARDR Allies President, Laurent Muvunyi and Melissa Suddith were invited by Sarah Hankins (History Teacher) to speak at Beavercreek High School on May 1, 2014 to an audience of more than 300 students.
Melissa shared her story of falling in love with Rwanda after meeting a Rwandan in church. This encounter motivated her to make several trips to Rwanda enabling her to make many friends while experiencing their culture.
Laurent told the students about his background, how ARDR was started and what he is doing as president of ARDR Allies to support the programs of ARDR. Then Laurent played the documentary for the students and finished by telling the kids how they can get involved as easily as giving up a pizza during the month and donating that money to www.ardrallies.org.
Sarah Hankins told Laurent, on the following day, that “the students are giving so much positive feedback” about his talk.
The 2nd annual 5k Race for Rwanda was held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Sugarcreek Metro Park in Bellbrook, Ohio. The theme for this fundraising event was green, so everyone was asked to wear green and green “Race for Rwanda” t-shirts were provided to all runners/walkers. It rained throughout the night on Friday and the sky looked threatening as racers were checking in but the weather cleared and everyone had a great time.
This event was successful not only because it raised over $1,900 to help build a school and clinic for the children of ARDR but also because it is making people aware of the needs of their brothers and sisters worldwide. A parent of one of the youths who assisted with the organization of the event said, “we were amazed that the discussion at our dinner table has shifted from the latest YouTube video to the needs of people in Rwanda.”
The race was organized by Pastor Megan Collins and hosted by her youth group at Southminster Presbyterian Church.
Lexi of Dayton, Ohio is truly a special child. In 2012, at the age of six, she learned about the orphans of ARDR and immediately wanted to help. So she contacted ARDR Allies President, Laurent Muvunyi with an idea. Above is her story in her own handwriting, as well as a picture of ARDR staff on the day they handed out the toothbrushes to sponsored children. Thank you Lexi for your generous donation!!
ARDR Allies needed impactful music to accompany the montage near the end of their documentary. Therefore they turned to Romulus Rushimisha. Although still in production, the documentary team sent drafts to Romulus for his review and reflection. This led to a beautiful piece expressing the heart and soul of the video clips.
Romulus was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the continent of Africa. He has known ARDR Allies President (Laurent Muvunyi) for many years as they sang together in their church choir. Romulus was the perfect choice to write the music for this section of the video based on his love for music. “Music is the best expression and sweetest sound that communicates a message to people. I love music because I can communicate better through music than speech” said Romulus.
To hear the song he created for our documentary, click here.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame is working to transform the legacy of hatred, 20 years after the genocide. The new generation is being taught to find a common purpose in reconstructing Rwanda.
Today marks 20 years since the Rwandan genocide. Here is one example of how Rwandans are continuing to look forward and focus on positive growth.
Our documentary is finally up on the website! Please take a moment to watch and learn more about the work of ARDR. 20 years after the genocide and the country is still recovering. http://www.ardrallies.org/donate/
Join us for the premiere of our documentary, hosted by Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Our team has worked long hours to put this together and we cannot wait to share our footage! Premiere March 20th at 7 PM.
Inside the current school - Rwamagana, Rwanda
Non-profit based out of Rwamagana, Rwanda leading programs that give individuals access to clean water, empower women with financial stability, support HIV/AIDS patients with economic opportunity, and provide education and healthcare to local orphans. ARDR Allies Website
We were so pleased to receive this news: After being reviewed by the Country Coordinating Mechanism of the Global Fund, ARDR was ranked first among the many wonderful organizations working together in Rwanda in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Thank you from ARDR!!