Causes Close to My Heart

GoFundMe Campaign – “Pastor Samuel and community need help”

There’s an old saying …“When it rains it pours”, but a lava threat too?!!!

Friday, May 28, 2021

Background: A colleague of mine, Pastor Samuel Muderhwa, provides services to women and children in South Kiva, Democratic Republic of Congo who are displaced through civil war and lack of resources. Pastor Samuel’s work has provided the necessities of life such as medical care, food, and housing, as well as educational support for children and entrepreneurial training for women. But his needs just got supersized!

We have been working on increasing his international visibility to help obtain much-needed funds.

THE ADDED URGENCY: Now, with the evacuation of Goma, a nearby region, due to the recent and current threat of volcanic activity, he and his team are being overwhelmed with people who need water, food, medical care, housing, and personal supplies.

While humanitarian aid is beginning to come in it is slow and not necessarily reaching grassroots organizations as quickly as the demands require.

These people were in the midst of a famine before the volcanic eruption and now to have this on top of it … I am compelled to reach out to people I know and even those I don’t know to help. Some of us may not have much during this pandemic, some others may be better off, but we are on such a different level compared to the situation of my colleague Pastor Samuel and the people he is trying to help.

I heard someone say during this pandemic “We are in the same storm”, yes, but in different size boats, with varying ability to survive the storm. Some desperately need to be thrown a life-jacket and be provided help to avoid going under.

So I have to ask, if you are in a position to be able to help, could you please make a donation to this GoFundMe campaign? I will get the funds to Pastor Samuel. You could be the reason someone gets medical care, food, and shelter …

And/or share this campaign with your networks. In a world that we have so little control over, this is something meaningful we can do together, for example, to help moms feed their hungry children, provide life-saving medical care for something that otherwise might just go untreated for lack of a few dollars, shelter … I want to do what I can to help and at the end of the day, when I go to sleep at night and I think about Pastor Samual and the people coming to him for help, I am inspired and comforted by the generosity of my colleagues, friends, and even strangers who are helping him help them to survive. Please support. Thank you!

Donors will be kept updated on the campaign’s progress – Theresa Dunn https://gofund.me/756425d0


Arnprior Cares continues to appreciate the good will and compassion of people in Arnprior, Ontario and other communities far and wide over the last years in supporting a refugee family.  Fundraisers and cultural events have been held with wonderful community support and generosity. The initial funds have been primarily used to support Jean’s family who are still in Africa. It’s been 2 and 1/2 years since he has been able to see his family. While significant progress has been made to raise the needed funds for Jean and his family, we still need funds to meet the goal of at least $30,000 as the day for their reunification comes closer. Can you help? Click on the green donate button below to Go to the Arnprior Cares website:


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