A REPORT BY JUSTIN BISENGIMANA – KIGALI – 14th December 2012:
This project has been fully sponsored by World Dancers through Goats For Life. The 131 beneficiaries were those members of Never Again who did not have any mattress in their households and they have been selected during the general assessment which was done in October 2012. World Dancers are from America, Santa Barbara, and are committed to supporting vulnerable groups in Rwanda under Goats For Life’s support program.
After distributing mattresses, I visited some of the members who received them in order to learn about how they used to sleep without a mattress. This report includes photos and quotes of members who received mattresses:
JUSTIN: I feel I have nothing to say on top of everything I heard from the beneficiaries of those mattresses and it is true that photos themselves can tell how much happy those people were and still are because of how much important a mattress is in their well-beings. When I remember how the situation was when those mattresses arrived at Never Again meeting place, I truly get the meaning of a mattress in their lives.Things changed when they saw those mattresses, most of them were blown away by emotions. And when I remember how many people crying with a lot of joy, I by no doubt say that World Dancers are doing what is beyond our imaginations as human beings.
Honestly those people would be able to collect money for mattresses before but they choose better to die of sleeping so poorly rather than dying of hunger.
Whatever money they got was to finance their basic needs mostly food and shelter but no bedding. The government of Rwanda has a program of eradicating bedding made of grass as it has been done of house made of grass but this bedding made of grass is still a big issue in this country as every citizen is not in a position of buying his own mattress.
Thank you donors for contributing to the solving of a big problem which is even one of the huge burdens of the government. We bless Goats For Life for making this happen otherwise things would not be the way they are and the hope is still huge as far as changing lives is concerned. This community used to suffer during the night more than in the day because the night is time to rest but for them they could not make it as much as possible due to sleeping on poor and uncomfortable materials. Together we will bring changes and healing to the World. Justin