I hope that all is well with you. I and my family are well. I am grateful to God for life, good health, and growth. It has been a year and three months since I started working for CBM and I am amazed by the support and encouragement that I have received from the churches in Canada, all my colleagues, as well as the Africa team leader. I have also been able to stay connected with our partners in Africa: The ACC&S, CBCA, CEBCE, AEBR and FEBAC. I am happy to have met with, either in person or virtually, our Partners, CBM colleagues, development coordinators, and everyone who has made efforts to help me grow and keep going.
I have been able to learn a lot working with CBM and our Partners. We have had meetings, field visits, and workshops. All of these have made a great impact in follow-up and understanding our partner’s projects and also CBM programming in Africa.
Creation care has been a big part of CBM’s work. With our partners in Africa, we examined areas of capacity building in handling matters of creation care and discussed how CBM can support them.
Together with Polisi Kivava, Andre Sibomana, and Eugene Akongdeng, we visited food security projects. We saw how much better the food production was with Conservation Agriculture practices despite the lack of rainfall during planting seasons. Children in primary grades are also actively engaged in Conservation Agriculture in their schools and at home with kitchen gardens that help secure daily food/vegetables consumption for their families. I also visited children in the mentorship project with CBM colleagues and our partners and saw how CBM and the ACC&S supported children in communities; both boys and girls. The children receive sanitary kits and underwear and have also been taken through sessions about self-esteem, self-worth, and self-awareness.
In Rwanda, I managed to visit and meet our partners, The AEBR, CEBCE and CBCA and discussed matters around capacity building, the security situation in the DRC, and the affected and displaced people that the churches in DRC are supporting. We continue to pray for the DRC and follow up on the situation with food security and women’s projects.
We also managed to visit self-help groups and see the work they do together, the skills they learn, their achievements, and challenges. We were also blessed to see the fruitful progress from the farms who practiced Conservation Agriculture.
I would like to thank the Africa team, colleagues in Canada, and all over the world for your encouragement, advice, friendship, and fellowship. I would also like to thank all our partners in Africa for their cooperation, trust and willingness to work with me. Finally, I would like to thank the churches in Canada who pray for me and support me and the work of CBM in Africa. Your prayers and support keep me going. God bless you.