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Greenhouses At ROP Rwanda

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  • ROP plants the seeds of our future.
    by Sean
    From Amakuru! (Newsletter of the Rwandan Orphan’s Project)

    The ROP is very excited to announce the start of our very own agricultural project! For the last few years we have been looking for ways to make the ROP Center more self-sustaining and less dependent on donors.

    In mid 2012 we were extremely fortunate to win a grant from the French Embassy that would allow us to construct five large greenhouses on the land we bought back in 2011, thanks to a generous donation from Tony and Carol Roberts. Although we had the funding for the greenhouses themselves, we lacked funds for the necessary irrigation system as well for startup costs such as tools, equipment and, most importantly, staff to manage the project. That’s where Line Loen and her wonderful organization Metamorfose AS stepped in. The long time Norwegian partner granted us funding for the irrigation system as well as enough funding to run the project for one year.

    We brought in Jacques Tuyishime to manage the project. Jacques studied agriculture at the National University of Rwanda and has several years of experience working in agriculture and animal husbandry with his family prior to joining the ROP. To assist Jacques in the field we promoted Anastase and Emmanuel as his assistants from their former positions in the Center. Both are ROP graduates from several years ago who were brought back and have made great staff members.

    This new agriculture project will be ROP’s first large scale income generating
    enterprise. In these greenhouses we plan to grow large quantities of vegetables,
    including tomatoes, sweet peppers, cucumbers and zucchini, among others, all year round. We will sell our crops to various markets, restaurants and hotel kitchens around Kigali and use the profits to fund the ROP Center for Children.

    Although we’re not sure just how profitable this new venture will be, we are excited to see where our new project will take us.

    Read more and help ROP at the Rwandan Orphan’s Project.

  • Arctic Death March

    Gabriel-

    Instead of seeing warning signs, big oil and the government are seeing dollar signs in the melting Arctic.

    There’s still time to stop the drilling, but we need 1,635 supporters from California to raise $100,000 by our December 31 deadline to make it happen.

    Can you chip in to help save polar bear cubs from starvation?

    A polar bear cub struggles to keep up with its mom. She’s searching for sea ice to hunt for food, but the swim is too far. The cub doesn’t make it. It was a common story this year in the Arctic.

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    Soon there might be nowhere left to swim. This year Arctic sea ice reached its lowest level in recorded history and if current trends continue there could be no summer sea ice at all in the next decade.

    But instead of seeing warning signs in the melting ice, big oil and the government are seeing dollar signs. Shell has been given permits to drill in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas of the Arctic. If we burn the oil under the Arctic, it will spell the end for the polar bear.

    Please make a year-end gift right now and help us raise $100,000 by midnight December 31 to save polar bear cubs from a melting Arctic. We need just 1,635 donors from California to make this happen.

    We have to stop the drilling before it’s too late.

    Shell’s plans have already been put on hold until next year thanks to Mother Nature, the company’s own incompetence and the success of our global campaign. Now is our opportunity to make sure they don’t get the chance to go back.

    In the last week alone we’ve flooded the White House with over 50,000 messages asking President Obama to suspend Shell’s drilling permits and call a ‘timeout’ on Arctic drilling. Now we need your financial support to ramp up our campaign around the world calling for the creation of a global sanctuary in the high Arctic.

    We’re running a worldwide campaign to create a sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the North Pole off limits to industrialization. And this spring we’ll be leading an expedition to the North Pole and planting a ‘Flag for the Future’ there. The flag will send a message of peace, hope and global community and will be designed by the world’s youth as part of an international competition. A stark contrast to the flags planted by nation states fighting over the exploitation of resources.

    We’ll also be taking a time capsule to the North Pole containing the names of the over two million people who added their name to our Arctic Scroll. Once there, we will lower it four kilometers beneath the ice and plant it on the seabed as a symbol for all humanity.

    None of this is possible without your support. Please make a year-end gift today to help save polar bears cubs once and for all, protect the environment and ensure that we reach our goal of $100,000 by December 31.

    Greenpeace is completely independent. We don’t take a dime from corporations or governments. That means we can do whatever is needed to protect the environment. It also means we completely rely on donors like you making a gift today to support all of our campaigns.

    Thanks for all you do,

    Philip Radford
    Greenpeace USA Executive Director

    Read React and Act

    Dear Gabriel

    A girl sick with hunger. A mother too poor to send her children to school. A farmer with weak, dying crops.

    When the need is greatest, that’s when CARE steps in. The immediate and long-term solutions we provide and the lives we transform are possible through something immensely powerful: the generosity of our donors.

    And now as a ferocious hunger crisis grips the Sahel region of Africa, and communities around the world are still in desperate need of help, a new matching gift fund has become available. Every dollar you give through August 22 will immediately be doubled, up to the match limit of $150,000.

    There’s no secret formula to lifting people out of poverty: just the compassion and help of people like you. Please make your tax-deductible gift now and it will be matched.

    I know that together, we can make extraordinary things happen. Last year, CARE reached more than 122 million people in 84 countries. There’s no way we would have been able to help individuals and families in the world’s poorest communities without the compassion of CARE’s donors.

    But we don’t have time to celebrate our success – not when so many are struggling through the daily grind of poverty, trying to feed themselves and their children on less than a dollar per day.

    Many of these people think they have no way out. But after over 60 years working in developing countries, we know how to help communities rise out of poverty. We help treat children suffering from malnutrition, support women running small businesses, and teach farmers how to get more milk from their cows or better harvests from their fields. We know that by investing in girls and women, we’re strengthening entire communities.

    You make it possible for people in desperate circumstances to improve their lives. Please give by August 22 – help us reach our goal of $300,000, and your gift will go TWICE as far, up to the $150,000 match limit.

    Thank you so much for all of your help. With so many millions of people suffering from the food crisis right now in the Sahel and so much continued need for long term poverty solutions around the world, your help is especially crucial this summer.

    Sincerely,

    Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH
    President and CEO, CARE

    Rwandan Orphan’s Nursery

    From Amakuru! News from the Rwandan Orphans Project.

    ROP Nursery Now Open for Business

    Thanks to donations from AIC, a Kigali based charity, and some other fundraising, the ROP (Rwandan Orphan’s Project) was able to repurpose one of our rooms to become the new ROP Nursery School. The school is open to children from around the area whose parents pay school fees for their children to attend. This is the first income generating project for the ROP and is already showing promise with an opening enrollment of 16 students, yielding $800 for the ROP. We are continuing to advertise with hopes of filling the school’s capacity of 30 children which will bring in approximately $2500 every three months, or enough to cover the secondary school fees we are currently spending each term for the boys under our care.

    Jenny Clover, coordinator, came up with the idea after realizing the wealth of toys, games and art supplies the ROP received from various donors throughout 2011. She said: “We feel incredibly lucky to have received such wonderful donations, and our boys love to play and learn with them. So for us to be able to generate income from these same items while also helping the local community is a great opportunity for the ROP. We hope our nursery will continue to grow and benefit us.”

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