THE PROJECT: put in a purified water system (details below) so that the only pediatric hospital in Rwanda can open! Project deliverables include:
- Redundant filtration system for sterile water (UV);
- Battery array;
- Solar system for power sufficient to power the well with some left over for the hospital’s use;
- Shipping of necessary components.
THE PROJECT BUDGET: $8300 USA
OUR PARTHER AND ASSOCIATES:
Our direct partner is beyondpoverty.org that will be doing the actual ordering of equipment, shipment and installation of the water system. BeyondPoverty (formerly DenyThirst.org) has experience in water systems, having working in countries such as Ecuador, Ghana, Haiti and the United States.
Associates in this project include onehundreddays.org (who are funding the building of the hospital). One Hundred Days is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded by a group of friends and neighbors in Atlanta, GA who felt led to play a role in the restoration of Rwanda. One Hundred Days partners with trusted indigenous leaders, especially Simon and Kedress Nziramekanga of the Good Shepherd Community Church in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.
Good Shepherd Community Church in Kigali, Rwanda had the initial vision for the pediatric hospital and for schools for the children. Their goal: to build the only pediatric health care facility in Rwanda. Rwanda has only 400 doctors. There is no other pediatric hospital in Rwanda, and this one can’t open until they have a clean, safe water system installed.
Hotel Rwanda eloquently told the story of a devastating civil war in Rwanda. Over a period of about 100 days (starting in 1994) between 800,000 to over 1 million people were butchered in one of the bloodiest uprisings in modern history. Now, after 18 years, Rwanda is determined to become a thriving nation. To view a brief YouTube video (1:21) about the Rwandan massacre and the country’s attempts to recover and how Good Shepherd Children’s Hospital and it’s founders are on the forefront of this effort, click this link: Restoring Rwanda
In Rwanda, due to conflict, severe poverty or HIV/AIDS, over 1,200,000 children (out of a total population in Rwanda of 8 million!) have lost one or both parents. Over 100,000 of those children serve as the head of their household, with children as young as 9 becoming the head of the household who take care of their younger siblings. In Rwanda, 20% of children die before their fifth birthday, often because of diseases that can be prevented by simple vaccinations, better nutrition or diseases that are treatable with proper antibiotics, or because of unsafe drinking water that carries many of the diseases that claim the lives of children.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:
- Share our posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, newsletters, emails, etc. with your friends so we can get lots of people involved with this great project! Ask them to give as much as they can, even just $5-$10 each…and then ask them to share the news with their FB, Twitter, etc., friends! This is how compassion becomes viral – and that’s crucial to our strategy at I Am 2 Partners, Inc. and to getting this project DONE!
- Click on the “DONATE” button below. Remember – every donation helps bring the day closer when the hospital can open to care for sick children! Your donations will be tax deductible! Or, if you prefer to pay by check, make the check payable to “I Am 2 Partners, Inc.” with “Rwanda” in the Memo field and mail it to: I Am 2 Partners, Inc., c/o 3678 Creekstone Drive, Norcross, GA 30092.
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