Plant sale benefits orphans in Rwanda

More than $4,000 raised for Rwandan widows and orphans at plant sale held in Oak Bay

Patrons peruse the plants and a little information on the project the Beach Drive sale raised $4

Patrons peruse the plants and a little information on the project the Beach Drive sale raised $4

The first of two plant sales held each year to support widows and orphans in Rwanda upped the ante by bringing in $1,000 more than last year’s spring sale – $4,400.

“The sale went exceptionally well. The weather was inviting enough and new customers showed up along with our annual visitors,” said John Jordan. “Many people commented that they came after reading about our Rwanda work. I believe some of them will remain connected to it and us somehow.”

Among the beneficiaries of these funds are four orphans the organization found good foster homes for during Jordan’s last stay in Rwanda.

“We provide the families, who are poor themselves, a stipend of $20 a month to offset food, clothes, school and health costs,” he said.

For example, 12-year-old Elias had been fending for himself as a kitchen boy for several years when Jordan encountered him at his little encampment under a town wood shed. “He now loves his new brothers and his new family loves him. He is attending first grade and will advance quickly, the teachers say.”

Jordan and his wife Toni plan to hold an end-of-season sale in late August or early September.

“These days I’m preparing reports on the several projects funded by various supporters last year and applying for new grants,” he said. “Meanwhile in Rwanda, they continue making toilets, stoves, providing the special ed for girls as well as building up their hygiene pad production capacity.  Like any start-up business, these need lots of attention and nurturing.”

Visit innovative communities.org under ‘Widows and orphans rebuild in Rwanda’ to donate and receive a tax receipt, and read regular personal updates from Jordan.

 

cvanreeuwyk@oak baynews.com