Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Help CHG Raise $200 for Aline’s Kitchen in Rwanda

UPDATE: We did it! We raised the $200! Thank you so much to everyone who donated!

Sweet readers! We’re going to try something a little new today, and we’d love your help in making it happen, if at all possible.

Leigh and I have two friends, Betsy and Dolinda. For a few years now, these lovely ladies have been working closely with the Ubushobozi Project, an organization based in Rwanda that offers vocational skills training to impoverished, orphaned and/or head-of-household teenage girls, many of whom have very little chance of continuing their educations and/or making steady livings. One of the girls enrolled in Ubushobozi 17-year-old Aline.

Here she is!

Aline has been with Ubushobozi since 2008. Her parents have been gone for a long, long time, both under some pretty terrible circumstances. So, she takes care of her two sisters, Diane, 12, and Olive, 19. Aline also provides meals for several local children, and even allows them to sleep in her home. “She will feed five to six village kids at a time with just one big plate - just a giving, good, good, person,” says Betsy.

This is her kitchen.

Betsy says: “She must cook outside and when it rains, she either goes to an elderly friend's house nearby to cook or, quite often, she can't cook at all and she and her sisters don't eat.”

We were thinking that we’d love, love to get Aline a new kitchen - a charcoal burner, some serving dishes, and a few cooking implements. The whole deal, plus labor, would run about $200 USD – less than a stand mixer.

And sweet readers, we’d love your help.

Think of it! Together, we can make a direct, wonderful difference in Aline’s life, not to mention all the people she feeds on a regular basis.

Here are some things to know:
  • To donate, head to the Ubushobozi Donation Page (linked) and click "Donate" on the right hand side. Then, enter your information in PayPal, and on the 2nd page, write "For Aline's Kitchen" in the "message" box. (I tried it! It works!)
  • All 100 percent of your donation will be directly applied to Aline’s kitchen - labor and materials (tin, mud bricks, wood, etc.). Nothing goes towards administrative fees.
  • Any donation amount - $5, $10, $20 – is totally great. No need to break the bank.
  • We have until April 21.
Once we raise the fundage, Aline will photograph the entire process, from construction to the first meal she cooks, and I’ll post it on CHG. When Betsy mentioned the idea to Aline, she replied that, “Everyone come visit her new kitchen to eat. She will cook for everyone.”

What do you guys think? Let’s do this thing! As the Ubushobozi girls would say, “Everybody happiness!”

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Mo said...

this is BRILLIANT!!!!

Rachel B. said...

What a great idea! Have sent a little cash to help out. Thanks for promoting this.

Kris said...

@Thanks, Mo!

@Rachel, awesome! Thank you so much!

EasyLunchboxes (Kelly Lester) said...

Sharing with my readers now. Love this. This girl deserves a kitchen!

Teeny said...

Kris, Just donated but I forgot to add it was for her kitchen. Think they can add that to the donation from chmiller at gmail dot com?

Kris said...

@Teeny, I spoke to Betsy and it went through, no problem. Thank you so much!

bethany said...

I love this idea. I made a small donation. Thanks!

tiger_beat said...

I sent what I could :)

Kris said...

@Tiger, @Bethany: Thank you guys so much! We already hit our goal. I can't believe it!

Betsy said...

I cannot believe how quickly the CHG community responded to this. Thank you all so very much. You raised the roof!

Cara said...

I also forgot to add that mine was for the kitchen...please let them know!

Kris said...
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Kris said...

@Cara - does your last name begin with an F?

KitschenBitsch said...

Oh my goodness. Y'all just made me cry into my lunch. I missed the initial fundraiser, but if I can send a couple dolla dolla bills, I'll happily do so.

Kris said...

@KB: Thank you! Also - loved your post today. Really well written and I totally hear what you were saying.

Suzette said...

Sounds good to me!