Past Projects - making a difference
The projects with which the David Dale Trust has been involved are numerous and varied.
Due to a single generous donation the Trust was able to support the building of a health dispensary in 2017 in Mbayaya. Its location, with commanding views of the surrounding countryside, represents a testimony and commitment to develop this remote area with schools and houses. the Trust has been able to provide a much needed water tank but the provision of electricity at £2,500 remains a priority.
Trustees, Peter and Jill Muir, travelled to Shyogwe Diocese in April 2017 with a group from their local church. The visit inspired a number of fund raising initiatives including the provision of text books for the Zion Education Centre (the Trust was previously actively involved in the provision of primary school classrooms at the Centre). The new Rwandan curriculum had been difficult to implement without the new text books, and it was a delight to the group that they were able to help the school in their quest to provide quality education to the children who attend.
A visit was also made to a special school (the particular interest of one of the group members). Although not part of the remit of the Anglican Church, the group and their followers on Facebook were particularly taken by the need for funds for new fresh mattresses and protective covers in the dormitories. On the evening of the visit, a Just Giving page was set up to buy 100 mattresses with covers at £25 each. by the next morning £525 had been raised with the full amount required - £2,500 - raised in just 3 days! Grateful thanks to all those who gave so generously.
During 2017, Shyogwe Diocese was delighted to take delivery of a Mitsubishi truck. this had been on the 'wish list' of the Trust for a number of years and we are most grateful for the corporate sponsorship of this vehicle which will enable the transportation of all sorts of local produce - food stuffs, furniture items from youth training centres, materials for Mothers' Union sewing groups - across the Diocese.
During 2016/17, the Trust was pleased to provide funds for the repair of the Pastor's house in Rugobagoba. The Pastor and his family are now settled in their newly refurbished home.
There are constant requests for roofing materials for churches, pastors’ houses, vocational training buildings, health centres, and school classrooms. The government stipulates metal roofing which is expensive. The Trust has been keen to support various building initiatives. For example, Rev. Jean Pierre, the Diocesan Liaison Officer, had reported extreme difficulties in Rushoka Parish and Trustees were able to accompany Bishop Jered to assess the situation during their March 2015 visit. Local parishioners had been able to build the walls for their new church but they badly needed iron sheets for the roof. The church was big and there was a very real fear that if iron sheets were not found quickly, the walls would collapse during the heavy downfalls of the rainy season. The Trust was able to provide significant funds to help with the completion of this church. Jean Pierre reports: 'the people of Rushoka feel a great sense of satisfaction and thanksgiving to God - and to all of those friends who contributed'.
In March 2015 the Trust was able to assist the Diocese in the setting up of a credit association for pastors. During their February visit in that year, trustees were able to review the comprehensive set of rules that had been drawn up which cover eligibility, purpose, and governance of an important facility which will provide a very useful financial safety net for clergy and their wives. The clergy make contributions to the fund and the Diocese supports it through allocation of income from its guest accommodation, Alleluia House. The scheme is now fully funded and working well. It provides a real encouragement to all participants as well as providing a model for other micro credit initiatives.
Whilst funds are mostly forthcoming from individual supporters of the Trust, in some cases parishes and schools in the UK have become involved with specific parishes in Rwanda.
Following Rev Jim
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There has been an active link between a church in Hereford and Rugendabari - and this continues. Funds have been raised to refurbish the Pastor's house and also classrooms for vocational training.
A church in Marchwood continues to provide funds for vocational training in Nyarugenge. The trust has provided knitting machines for some women on the completion of their training.
A girls' school in Bournemouth has provided funds for much needed water tanks in Hanika. Formerly students queued in the heat for hours to collect water at a local well. Such links provide benefits for both parties – the building of relationships and understanding across different cultures. This link continues to be strong and the girls have recently raised further substantial amount through sponsored walks.
Individual sponsors have ensured the continuation of an exciting development of a health centre at Shaki, a distant outpost where the nearest medical facilities were formerly a day’s hike away for a good many people. Here, Rev Sylvester is pictured with the local architect and the medical staff.
Through the Trust, the university fees of Rev Louis Pasteur Kabayiza (pictured here with his wife Rose) were met at a time when he was facing severe financial difficulties. Rev Louis is now based in Hanika Parish and is encouraging the growth of two new churches. The Trust continues to assist him in his endeavours.
For the most part, the Trust provides funds to support and encourage the people on the ground in projects already initiated by themselves. On one visit, Trustees became aware of the plight of a pastor’s family who were facing health issues because of the state of his house. An appeal by the Trust made funds available to complete the house.
Land, in this land-locked country the size of Wales, will soon be at a premium and the Trust is currently prioritising the many requests for land purchase to enable the commencement of various agriculture and building projects.