Shelter Them Founders Walk the Talk

Would you like to help to build a house in Gateko? You did, by supporting Shelter Them founders, Josephine Murphy and Jocelyne Alexandre, as they walked from Hamilton Mountain to the CN Tower in Toronto. They made the trek on Saturday and Sunday, October 9 and 10 to raise funds to build five more homes in Gateko village, where we have already built 5 houses. This event was just one way that Shelter Them is working to achieve the goals we set out in our newsletter of February, 2021, which you can still read on our website. We saw the need to move our beneficiaries from the capital city of Kigali, with its soaring cost of living and lack of affordable housing, to the rural village of Gateko. In Gateko, the cost of living is much more affordable, there is a bustling Early Childhood Development Centre for preschool aged children and a good primary and secondary school. There is a local medical clinic, and the parents of our children can find regular employment in our farming and sewing cooperatives. But none of these advantages matter without safe, sanitary, and stable housing. These new homes provide our families with that support as they integrate into the Gateko community. It is for this reason that Jo and Jo will walk the walk! Their goal for the walk was to raise $10,000 to build one more home. They say that to understand another person, you need to walk a mile in their shoes. Well, Jo and Jo took that walk for us and really appreciated your support. You go girls!