These two newcomers are the absolute last until we expand our facility
Ishimwe and Niyonkuru
Our Rescue Home in Ruhengeri, Rwanda continues to expand. In our last email we mentioned that we were up to 16 children and that we were at maximum capacity. However, since then our nanny Judith came across an orphaned child whose parents had both died, and had been looked after by grandmother, who also subsequently died. The child hung around the house of a neighbor who couldn't provide necessary care and a skin disease broke out. Judith visited there several times. We had told Judith not to take any more children, but perhaps we didn't drive the point home and after all she has a soft heart and was face to face with the suffering. She brought the child to the Rescue Home, thinking it was a girl about 4 or 5 years old. Later she discovered it was a boy. When she told us, we also did not want to send him away. Furthermore, Judith told us that the boy had a sister, one year older and now struggling alone, but she had only dared to bring one child. We decided not to break up the remnant of the family and sent Judith back to rescue the sister. Now both are living at the Rescue Home. The girl (left) is called Ishimwe (what a great name! So that's what the Ishimwe Center is all about!) and the boy is Niyonkuru (or Christian). I don't know why there is a 2007 date on the photo. Perhaps it was taken by the parents, or maybe someone's camera is off. Faith is travelling to Rwanda today for 3 weeks. As well as taking care of the Rescue Home, she will be organizing a thorough topographic survey of the land that we bought in March in the outskirts of Kigali. Its about 4 acres of un-built hillside in an up-and-coming area of the capital. We are preparing to get architectural plans drawn up and we need to know more about the nature of the land. As you can see by the two guys and a tape measure on this video clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuFhUqSkYGE our initial survey was not exactly state of the art. The buildings in this video are on the other side of the non-existent boundary.
Thank you so much for everyone who has been praying for us and who has made financial sacrifices one our behalf. Please continue praying for us as we deal with finding renters for our own house and career transition. It is all in God's hands.
Roger & Faith Shaw