We continue to collaborate with the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts in Rwanda, the so-called “region of the great lakes”, an attractive country for tourists who come to see the gorillas which inhabit its mountains and natural parks. Unfortunately, few are aware that behind the beauty of its landscapes, Rwanda suffered a great genocide in 1994 where it is estimated that more than 800,000 people were killed, at which time the Missionaries, present in the country for more than 40 years, took over the maintenance of the Rukara Health Centre.
In 2007, the World Food Programme (WFP) cancelled the food aid they were receiving, a setback that prompted the Missionary Sisters to look for new sources of income.
For 10 years we have been supporting the missionaries in their Mission by financing the running costs of the nutrition center, which cares for children with severe malnutrition, as well as hiring a doctor for permanent medical assistance in the Health Care Center of the Mission. In this way, we contribute to the reduction of infant mortality and the improvement of the health of the children we care for. We also provide health insurance to more than 3.000 people so that they have access to the country’s public health service and can access medical consultations and medicines free of charge.
The Health Care Center, the Maternity Hospital, the Child Nutrition Center and the Rukara Schools have become a point of reference for the area. A good operation managed by the missionaries who, despite global pandemics, continue to work for those who need it most.