Patron: The Rt. Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool.

News from the Trust

Government Aid and Conflict in DRC

There has been many news reports about the aid given to Rwanda by the UK being misused. In particular it is alleged that it is funding conflict in Congo.

We have seen many developments in Rwanda so aid is getting to the people. Cost of schooling has been reduced, classrooms provided, staff paid and much more, so a lot of money is used appropriately. That does not mean, of course, that Rwanda is not involved in the conflict in Congo and we have no direct experience of events there.

It is important to remember that Rwanda went through genocide in 1994, and that some of the militia responsible are now in Congo. Rwanda is determined to avoid any repetition of the events of 1994, so those militia pose a threat.

The press pressures that caused the system of giving aid to be changed have resulted in what seems to be an inferior method of giving aid. For example, it seems that Rwandan government support for university students has been substantially redused. The very poorest people suffer and a good way of reducing poverty is lost.

An MBE for one of our Trustees.

Jane Morgan has been awarded an MBE for services to midwifery in the UK and to Maternity Service Provision in Shyira, Rwanda in the Queen's Birthday Honours, 2013. Congratulations Jane. A well deserved award.

Trust AGM.

The AGM of the Trust will be held in the meeting room of St. Lukes church on Sunday 23rd June. It will start at 12.15 pm and will last for about one hour. There will be a major presentation showing how the Trust has been able to help improve maternity services in Rwanda, and describing the challenges that result. Papers for the AGM may be downloaded. We welcome observers.

Visits to Rwanda.

Two visits are now planned, one for August 2013 and one for February 2014. Letters may be taken to sponsored students.

New website

Welcome to our newly launched website. It still has four pages to be finalised, but we felt that it should be launched now because the old site had become rather dated.