What started as a dream of Dan and Frances Klinck, Jerri Hatch and dear friend Tom Allen to empower the community at Sunzu Village in Rwanda has grown into a full-blown masterplan development, including a library (built), multipurpose center, playgrounds, microbusinesses and eco-cottages. With key partnerships from Journeyman International, East African Power, Yambi Rwanda, The Guardian Project, Global Excel, TwelveinTwelve, Belay Global, Hope Community Church, Virunga Lodge and many other generous individuals and organizations, these projects have come alive. As part of the emerging partnership between Journeyman International and Non-Profit Organization, Empowering Villages (Owner/Operator of Sunzu Yacu) this community has taken hold of these opportunities for growth and this dream is quickly turning into reality!
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– The Sunzu Library is now functioning and serving the locals via various educational programs for children and adults alike.
– Thanks to a partnership with YambiRwanda, the Preschool this thriving—particularly with the addition of new female students who will hopefully continue on their path to further education.
– Laptops in the library are being utilized by the older children to learn Excel, Word etc.
– An Eggs and Porridge program established by Jesse and Helen Kalisher feeds every preschooler one good meal a day, and the kids are thriving with the added protein. We’re seeing a big difference in their physical and mental development.
– Thriving womens cooperative called Imbere Heza, of 20 members, who have been trained to make artisanal bags, clothes and baskets and have been reinvesting their earnings into animal husbandry activities
These successes have catalyzed a master plan design and architectural proposal for the nearby multipurpose center, provided by Journeyman International designer Carly Althoff, which will expand upon the growth that is happening at Sunzu.
The community at Sunzu Village was deeply saddened by the loss of their friend and generous donor Jesse Kalisher and wishes to dedicate the new multipurpose center to his memory.
GOALS: The multipurpose center hopes to provide a sustainable and safe gathering place for the community children and serve as a space for churches and development programs to meet and thrive.
VISION: This building will be an inspiring and light space, constructed of natural and durable materials, overlooking the vast Rwandan hills. It will showcase local art in the form of stained glass, painted murals and locally-crafted furnishings. It will be a building for the people, by the people.