Friends of Nyakinama, Musanze/Ruhengeri

Philip
 
I wanted to let you know that I use your guide every time I visit Rwanda, which I do regularly as I run a charity based near Musanze.
 
You already reference Amahoro Tours in the guide (p.185). Greg from Amahoro Tours introduced me and a colleague to a community based project in the village of Nyakinama near Musanze.  Amahoro Integrated Development Program was set up by the community to support the underprivileged.  The most obvious part of the project is an orphanage which currently houses 32 children.  We have now set up a UK-based charity, Friends of Nyakinama, to support that project.
 
Our work to date has been fairly modest, but very important to the orphans.  Last year we installed windows and doors to make the building secure, warm and light.  We also provided mains water connection.  At the moment we are purchasing some land adjacent to the orphanage to make them more self sufficient in food, and reduce related costs.  A child sponsorship program is also going well – this will meet food, education, medical and incidental costs for every child.  We are well on the way to collecting funds to build a new dormitory which will enable more children to be housed. 
 
The purpose of this e-mail is to ask for your help in promoting our charity to your readership to help maintain the orphanage.  Our website is www.friendsofnyakinama.org.  Please take a look!  (We also have a facebook page) 
 
I’m always happy to answer any questions.
 
Many thanks for your attention.
 
Regards
 
Chris West
Treasurer
Friends of Nyakinama

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