Category: Gifts of Hope

Elderly couple find hope

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Mzee Samson is 69 years old. He is seen here with his wife. All their children died in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. In their culture, it is normally the children who look after elderly parents in their old age. So life is difficult.

Mzee has a long term back problem but could never afford medical treatment. They couldn’t even afford the £3 per person per year medical insurance from the government.

They were both amazed and overjoyed to receive the gift of annual medical insurance from RSVP Trust. You can see it on their faces.

Now Mzee can get the medical care he needs.

Total cost of these smiles? £6.

If you want to help us create more smiles like these, please donate any amount here.

91 year old lady and mentally disabled daughter

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Veronica (in the yellow hat) was born in 1925. Most of her family were killed in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She is frequently ill. She lives with her daughter and grandson. Her daughter is mentally disabled.

Veronica worries what will happen to her grandson if she dies.

Thanks to RSVP supporters, all three family members now have medical insurance for one year, at £3 per person.

Though they still face many challenges, at least now they can get healthcare when they need it.

If you want to help us to help people like Veronica and her family, please donate here.

Widowed, evicted and homeless

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This is Marie. Her husband died two months ago. Now she cannot afford the rent and has been evicted from her small home. Now she sleeps outdoors with her children.

She has no work or way of earning money. The £3 per person annual medical insurance was impossible.

Now, thanks to RSVP supporters, she at least has medical insurance for herself and both her children. Total cost: £9. Thank you!

If you want to help us to help people like Marie and her family, please donate here.

Left disabled from 1995 accident

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This is John. He was run over by a car in 1995. He was unable to afford medical care and so, as a result of the accident, he became disabled. He is unable to stand. He has no wheelchair and has to crawl everywhere. He survives by begging in the marketplace.

The family are so poor they are unable even to afford the £3 per person annual medical insurance offered by the government.

When our worker discovered John and his family, he broke down in tears.

Thanks to our wonderful supporters at RSVP, we were able to pay for medical insurance for the whole family at a total cost of only £15 for one year!

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It doesn’t give John the ability to walk again but the family were so happy that if anyone has an accident or illness from now on, they can go straight to hospital as they are now insured.

Thank you RSVP supporters!

If you’d like to help us to help people like John and his family, please donate here.

Partnership with Stowmarket Foodbank

RSVP Trust’s Chaplaincy project works alongside vulnerable women and people with addictions.

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Beckie And Alison helped pack up the food parcel this morning at Stowmarket Foodbank.

Our new partnership with Stowmarket Foodbank means we will be able to provide these people with food parcels to make life a little easier for them and their families occasionally.

Today we’ve been able to deliver a food parcel to a struggling young family in Suffolk.

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Foodbank are also able to provide essential items for the men and women we work with who have been rescued from trafficked or exploited situations. We are very happy to be in partnership with a shared vision to be a blessing.


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Freedom Project update

The women on the Freedom project course have been learning to sew.
As they sew they also learn patience.
Patience with themselves, others in the class and their teacher. This is something they may not have been able to practice before, but is a significant skill that is needed when stepping out of addiction and prostitution.
They also receive acceptance and love from the teacher and others in the class.
All of these things raise their self esteem making lasting change possible. All of this through learning to sew!
Thank you for supporting this  project. Alison will be out in Rwanda next week and will be spending time with the women.

Coming soon! CLEAN WATER! Thank you!!!

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We are really excited about our partnership with Ugandan villagers. For years they have had plenty of water in the rainy season. But then they have been drinking polluted water from rivers in the dry season. Cattle and other animals drinking in the river also use the water as a toilet. Then children and adults collect the polluted water for drinking and cooking. This results in serious illness, death and a grim level of child mortality.

Thanks to RSVP supporters we are solving this problem! We are are helping our Ugandan friends construct a water harvesting system. This system collects the pure rainwater in the rainy season and then makes it available to villagers in the dry season.

A massive underground tank has been constructed to harvest 300,000 litres of water in the wet season.

 

Water tank is 25ft below ground and then some above!

Water tank is 25ft below ground and then some above!

The underground tank was dug 25ft down and now has been added with another 7ft on top with brick work as seen here. The harvesting tank is now 40ft deep. The width of this tank is 7ft.

Underground water tank now ready for the lining.

Underground water tank now ready for the lining.

Then solar power will pump the water to the overhead tank. Clean pure water will then be sold for a  couple of pence for a 5 gallon water can to villagers. This small fund will be used for any maintenance – making the system self-sufficient.

Some of the beneficiaries who have been helping in fetching water for the construction work standing in front of the constructed Tank.

Some of the beneficiaries who have been helping in fetching water for the construction work standing in front of the constructed Tank.

At £2,500 per installation, this is a REALLY efficient way to supply clean water in remote areas of Africa. RSVP hopes to install many of these Harvesting Projects.

If you want to get involved, please give a gift small or large here: Donate to RSVP clean water.