Girinka- One Cow
As of May 2016, 36 cows were given out to deserving families in Rilima. Along with the cows, cow houses and water tanks are built to house and feed the cows. Cows are a valuable asset to families because they provide income through their milk, their manure is a good fertilizer for gardens, and later on, them or their calves can be sold.
Rain Water Harvest and Sanitation
A clean, close source of water is a necessity for the village of Rilima. 5,000-liter plastic water tanks have been provided to ten families in the past but in order to reach the greatest amount of people, a 60 cubic meter community tank is being built in order to provide the village with the proper water they need.
20 families have been assisted in starting their own kitchen garden. Kitchen gardens are small plots in family’s homes that allow them to feed themselves as well as profit from the surplus crops.
There are currently three women’s cooperatives in the town of Rilima. One focuses on painting the historic “Imigongo” paintings to sell around the world, while the other two focus on agricultural projects.
House for Widowed Women
As of 2016, one house was constructed and one was rehabilitated for widowed women with a dire need of safe housing. The construction was part of a community wide effort and used funds saved from other projects.
393 goats have been given to 131 families since 2014. Goats are valuable because they reproduce quickly and provide income for families. Families are encouraged to participate in what is known as “Passover,” a donation of one of the kids their goat has given birth to in order to benefit another family in need.
School Feeding Program
110 students from food insecure families were given school lunches throughout 2016 - 2017 academic year. This is a short-term solution to support families while the other projects they benefit from pay off.
Currently there are 15,000 fruit seedlings that are waiting to be distributed to the families in Rilima. Each family will receive three seedlings to help fill their need for more fresh fruits and vegetables. The garden currently employs two women while the plants are ready to be distributed.