A highlight of our visit was being taken to the Village Child Nutrition Centre which has been directly funded by World Vision Australia. This centre was established due to ongoing malnutrition amongst pre-schoolers in the district. We were greeted by a roomful of bright toddlers, enjoying a nutritious meal, with ingredients provided by their own families. Vegetables were growing in a greenhouse adjacent to the centre.
The centre was being managed by the local women and the pride they felt in what they have achieved was very evident. The success of this program was evidenced by the fact that there are no longer any malnourished children in this district.
Families are also involved in a savings plan whereby they bank a small amount of money each month. This provides ongoing independence for the local families, as they reach their savings goal. They can also borrow money from their peers to support farming and business activities and it helps them better withstand setbacks that affect their livelihoods.
Following lunch with Domina, her family and the World Vision staff, we made the long trip back to our hotel in Kigali.
It was very gratifying to see our support going directly to where it needs to go. Both Domina and the wider community have benefited from our sponsorship.
The local World Vision staff are passionate about the great work they are doing and it was explained to us that once a project is being sustainably managed, they are able to move on to new projects (communities). It was very encouraging to see that the projects are designed to provide sustainable solutions, so that communities can achieve their goals for security and independence.
Holly and I would like to give our heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful World Vision staff for giving us their time and making it the best trip possible.