On Thursday, April 30th, President Kagame of Rwanda met with members of his cabinet and decided to slowly ease restrictions in the national Covid-19 lockdown, beginning Monday, May 4th. It is said that these newly eased restrictions, which can be found detailed in the Rwanda's primary newspaper, The New Times, will be in effect for 15 days from Monday, May 4th, which means restrictions are still in place until at least May 19.
It is unclear how this partial easing of restrictions will affect the people we have been feeding every week, due to lack of work. There are still social distancing restrictions even for businesses, and only those classified as "essential" workers are allowed to go to their business, while all others must remain at home. Most of the people we serve most likely would not be considered "essential" workers, and thus we suspect their plight and their inability to provide for their families through working will continue to be an issue for several weeks.
So we are expecting that this partial easing of restrictions may not have a significant benefit to those we have been feeding, and are expecting to need to continue our food relief efforts for several more weeks.
Please pray that the Lord will provide relief for the people of Rwanda, especially those who are suffering from the restrictions, and that all those helping the relief effort through prayers and giving will continue to engage and help in every way possible.