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APIC volunteers ready for another Rwanda trip

A Partnership in Caring (APIC) Society volunteers Maria van Vonderen and Carolyn Rideout during one of their annual goodwill trips to Rwanda. Their next trip begins Feb. 15.
A Partnership in Caring (APIC) Society volunteers Maria van Vonderen and Carolyn Rideout during one of their annual goodwill trips to Rwanda. Their next trip begins Feb. 15. - Contributed

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - A Partnership in Caring (APIC) Society volunteers Carolyn Rideout and Maria van Vonderen are leaving for Rwanda Feb. 15 and are requesting donations of infant and children’s liquid and tablet forms of Advil and Tylenol Arthritis for Adults.

Donations can be dropped off at Myers Tea Room, 235 Main Street, in Antigonish. Monetary donations to purchase the medications are also welcome.

“What a year APIC has had in Rwanda,” van Vonderen said in an email to the Casket.

“In conjunction with the Wishing Wells Society of St. Andrews, we were able to fund a water collection program consisting of the purchase and installation of 12 cisterns for collection of rainwater.

“A special thanks to the Sisters of St. Martha in Antigonish, the Congregation of the Sacred Heart in Ottawa and the Wishing Wells Society itself. The majority of the funding came from these three organizations. The cisterns were set up at a school, several health clinics, and the farm that the Benebikira congregation runs, which employs many people in the community.”

van Vonderen talked about other work APIC was able to accomplish.

“Last year when we were in Rwanda, we realized the house the nurses in Kabuga live in was dangerously uninhabitable because of a leaky roof and a water-soaked electrical system. Through the generosity of a donor, the roof and electrical system was repaired and a fence was erected around the property for the safety and security of the nurses.

“The asbestos removal project has been completed at the Benebikira Sisters’ residence, farm buildings and chapel, and we continue to assist the ADAR Orphanage, a residence for mentally and physically disabled children and adults. The 30 residents of ADAR require medical and psychological support which A Partnership in Caring Society contributes to annually.”

She noted APIC partially supports 12 students at a local boarding school. 

“And, this year, we agreed to fully support a young boy whose mother suffers from psychosis, likely as a result of the genocide in Rwanda; and the father, a farm laborer, struggles to support the family,” van Vonderen said.

“Fabrice, age five, who is developmentally delayed, is starting to make great gains as a result of the support of APIC over the past three years.”

For more on APIC, visit apartnershipincaring.ca, their Facebook page or call 902-870-7863. 

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