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Rebuilding Rwanda: 20th anniversary of the genocide

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. During the approximate 100 day period from April 7 to mid-July, 1994, an estimated 500,000-1,000,000 Rwandans were killed, constituting as much as 20% of the country's total population and 70% of the Tutsi then living in Rwanda. This summer or fall, you can honour the country's efforts to rebuild for a peaceful and sustainable future by contributing to a development project.

Join Team Leader Michael Loeters from July 12th - 26th, 2014, or Team Leader Jen Baillie from October 11th - 25th as you and your fellow teammates continue construction on the Covaga Innovation Centre. This project is located in the rural village of Gashora in the District of Bugesera, an area that was the epicentre of the genocide. The centre will provide economic opportunities for a cooperative of weavers as well as agricultural initiatives and environmental innovations. For more information about this all-ages short term volunteer experience, please visit our Rwanda webpage or contact our office.

30 homes built & 325 aid packs delivered in the Philippines

Thanks to generous donors like you, we sent $8,251 to our Host Partner in the Philippines, Rise Above Foundation Cebu, to assist with Typhoon Haiyan relief and rebuilding efforts. Rise Above reacted quickly to the disaster and immediately headed to Tabogon, a district on the east coast of Cebu Island approximately 90 kilometres northeast of Cebu City, to begin relief efforts. This area was hit hard and almost all of the homes in the 27 barangays (districts) of Tabogon were destroyed.

Using funds from our DWC typhoon relief fund and other donations, Rise Above created 325 aid packs and delivered them to families in two of the worst hit barangays in the area, Camoboan and Salag. These aid packs included canned goods, water, sleeping mats, bath soap, laundry soap, medicine, bandages, and tarps to be used for temporary shelters. After initial relief efforts, Rise Above started to rebuild homes for those identified as most in need: single mothers, seniors, and people with disabilities. In total, Rise Above completed 30 homes with plans for another 30 in the immediate future. A huge thank you to everyone who donated to this cause!

Project Spotlight: Temple of Faith Primary School

Developing World Connections is partnered with the We Yone Child Foundation in Sierra Leone. WYCF's mission is to provide sustainable, high-quality education and care to over 300 underprivileged children in Kroo Bay and George Brook, two slum communities in Central Freetown. This April, DWC volunteers started work on rebuilding the Temple of Faith Primary School in the hillside community of George Brook. The former one room school building was made from rusted tin with no windows and was falling into the hillside due to a lack of a proper retaining wall. With extra funds from additional donors, a retaining wall has been constructed and a temporary school structure put in place. Once this project is completed, 150 children will have six spacious, well-lit, and safe classrooms to learn in. Read more about this project by visiting our Sierra Leone blog.

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