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Rwanda-one4one Succeeds in GlobalGiving’s Accelerator, Becomes Recognized Partner of GlobalGiving

(October 9, 2018) Rwanda-one4one announced today that they have graduated from the GlobalGiving Accelerator program, gaining entry into the GlobalGiving marketplace and becoming a recognized partner of GlobalGiving. As part of the Accelerator, Rwanda-one4one successfully graduated in 1st place from 689 competing projects, raising support for their project, “Dyeing For Peace in Rwanda.”

“We’re thrilled to have Rwanda-one4one as part of our community. Rwanda-one4one has met our rigorous vetting standards for trust and community support, and we’re committed to providing tools, training, and support as they learn, grow and become more effective,” said Mari Kuraishi, President and Co-Founder of GlobalGiving. “GlobalGiving donors value the opportunity to support nonprofits like Rwanda-one4one, knowing that they’ll get regular updates about how their donations are put to work.”

Notes from Rwanda

2021 Notes From Rwanda

The Covid pandemic has continued to cause great challenges worldwide. Rwanda continues to struggle, alongside so many other countries, to survive amidst the restrictions that hamper daily life. Our dyers are still unable to dye as we are unable to get fabric to them; our taxi entrepreneur and law clerk are unable to work due to lockdowns. Despite the challenges, Rwanda-one4one is helping to keep the families stable, the children continuing with their school studies, and to provide aid in medical emergencies.


There are a couple of bright spots in the gloom. All the children whose education we fund are back in school. Unfortunately, all schools raised fees due to Covid issues including cleaning and safety supplies. We receive the children’s report cards and many are receiving above average grades. We have added three new children to the school program this fall. With education for school age children being core to our mission, we made the decision to continue funding beyond our budgeted levels. Thank you so much for recognizing the value of a good education for Rwandan youth!


The 2021 annual October wool and fiber show in Rhinebeck, NY was a great success for Umva scarves and wraps. Although the show was scaled back due to Covid restrictions, our team put together a beautiful booth with our remaining inventory and did far better than we had anticipated. A bright spot indeed! We have been able to sustain the ladies’ incomes through sales despite the setbacks this year.

Sadly, on December 23, one of the children in our education program passed away in an accidental drowning in Lake Kivu. Freddy was a very serious student preparing for the national exams to enter secondary school; he wanted to be a doctor one day. He was only 12 years old, taking an afternoon break playing with friends at the lake. He will be forever missed by his family and all of us who held him dear.

It is often said in Rwanda: “It is hard but not impossible,” and that is how we must continue our work in this unprecedented time. If they can endure their hardships, we can bring solutions and hope whenever possible.

2020 Notes From Rwanda


2020 was a particularly challenging year for everyone around the world. As elsewhere, the pandemic has impacted our Rwandan families deeply, yet we are working hard to help sustain them through to the other side. Rwanda-one4one is helping to keep the families stable, the children continuing with their school studies, and to provide aid in medical emergencies.


We are delighted to report that eleven of the seventeen children whose education we support are back to school full time. We provided education for all of the children in home-based tutoring pods through September. In October, the government started a phased reopening of schools based on age. In October, the kids had a small break and got their uniforms, supplies, and books in order. Children seven and older were welcomed back to school November 2. They are so happy to be back to full studies and with their classmates again. The entire population in Rwanda is required to wear masks, including school children. The six youngest are still studying in the home tutoring pods until their schools reopen in 2021.


Due to the pandemic, customer demand for taxi service is not back to full capacity, yet our entrepreneur is able to transport citizens throughout Rwanda, other than areas restricted by transport protocols.
As for Umva, thankfully, we had enough wraps and scarves in inventory before the pandemic hit to sustain the ladies’ income through this slow period. Sales are down in the shops of our retail partners due to closures and limited hours. Our 2020 annual October show in New York was canceled – a major setback for sales. It is our greatest hope that the ladies can begin dyeing again in mid-year 2021 so we can return to our former level of production and sales. In the meantime, these gorgeous products are available in our online shop.

Pandemic Food Aid

For the past nine months, through your generous support, we have been able to provide a modest monthly food allowance for ten families, plus medical support for several minor illnesses. Our families have suffered psychological stress due to isolation and the fear of contracting Covid-19. This anxiety has caused some stomach and heart issues, all thankfully treatable. We are extending this aid into 2021 as needed.


Your ongoing support of our efforts to help Rwandans rebuild their lives and their society is profoundly appreciated.

Notes from Past years


Dyeing to Help Rwanda     Wild Fibers Magazine

One Woman’s Mission        ELF Magazine

Monadnock Profile – Nancy Zeller     Keene Sentinel