On March 16, 2020, the country of Rwanda in central Africa installed a national lock down due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus forbidding people from leaving their homes. Non-essential work is not permitted, and the government does not have the resources to meet all the needs of the people. In contrast to the standards in western countries, Rwandans typically “work today to be fed tonight”, so this has created a serious food crisis, and people are in the process of starving. The Zinzendorf Mission, in conjunction with the Rwanda based Dufatanye Organization, is raising money to feed 320 families (approximately 1,920 people at an average of 6 members per family) in the Nyanza District of Rwanda, until the quarantine is lifted and people can get back to work. This is expected to take six weeks or more.
The Dufatanye Organization is distributing basic food staples (maize flour, beans) to each family in addition to soap to help with sanitation necessary for Coronavirus. This should be enough to support these families through this difficult time, and will help them abide by the quarantine instead of resorting to stealing out of desperation which can also lead to violence, injury and possible death.
For $30, the Dufatanye Organization can provide one weeks' food supply to a family of six people as follows:
20 kilograms (44 lbs) of Corn Flour
5 kilograms (11 lbs) of Beans
One (1) 12" bar of soap for hygiene
$30 will provide food for 1 week for 1 family
$300 will provide food for 1 week for 10 families
$9,600 will provide food for 1 week for all 320 families
We need your help to feed these families. To donate, just click on this link to the Covid-19 Rwanda page. Thank you!