Tuesday, February 21, 2012
A new water system in a Rwandan village, partly funded by the Forest Hills Rotary Club, recently was celebrated.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Arlene Brown recently celebrated a new water system with her Rwandan village in Africa, which was partly funded by the Forest Hills Rotary Club. Brown is a nurse who runs an orphanage for children in the Urukundo Village of Rwanda called the Urukundo Home for Children. It was established five years ago. There, Brown houses, feeds and gives love to 46 boys and girls; oversees a farm, school and a residence; and now has a new system for gathering fresh water through a grant made possible with the Forest Hills Rotary and Rotary International. Her daughter, Tricia Brown, owns Spiritworks Yoga on Yost Boulevard in Forest Hills, making the connection to the local Rotary.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Forest Hills Rotary played a key role in helping a Rwandan orphanage—and an entire village—receive fresh water.
Claudine came into Arlene Brown’s arms a helpless child born blind, a hole in her heart, orphaned and alone. The 3-year-old’s legs were bone thin. Doctors in Rwanda, Africa predicted that she would not live long and would never make it through the surgery she needed to improve her eyesight. “I wanted her alive,” Brown, 81, said. “She is the story of why we are there.” After nursing Claudine back to health, Brown said the small child miraculously received two surgeries for her heart and eyes. Today, she is a young girl dressed in pink, dancing, laughing, singing. Living a life no one could have imagined just a short time ago. “She does it all,” Brown said. “If we have a miracle at Urukundo, Claudine is the miracle.” Brown is a nurse who …
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Member of Pittsburgh Mennonite Church in Swissvale will head the English department at a girls' boarding school in Rwanda.
Esther Harder is connecting her faith and work in a new position across continents. A member of the Pittsburgh Mennonite Church in Swissvale, Harder, 29, of Point Breeze will take a journey to Africa to work as the head of the English department for a Rwanda Girls Initiative project, a boarding school designed to give young female students a path to success in education and life. "I spent four years working with the Mennonite Central Committee in Uganda and it motivated me to come back to the area and continue to work with female students," Harder said. "This does have a similar vision and similar goals of what the Mennonites want to accomplish." A member of a church known for its peace and social justice values, Harder said the Rwanda …