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Msaada was established in 2005 in the Blackmore Vale area of North Dorset/South Wiltshire, to help Rwandans in the east of the country rebuild their lives following the catastrophic 1994 genocide, through self-sustainable development projects and education. The group was founded with the support of Fergal Keane of the BBC who reported on the atrocities in Rwanda in 1994 which left about one million dead and millions of lives in ruins. Msaada is working with AVEGA East (the Association des Veuves du Genocide Agahozo) a self-help widows’ and orphans’ group who are seeking to assist over 4,000 widows and over 14,000 orphans in the Kibungo area of Rwanda left destitute after the horrors of the ethnic cleansing; Excel Primary School in Rwamagana, which promotes the education and integration of students regardless of ethnic background; SURF (the Survivors’ Fund); Rwamagana Secondary School, and the Subiruseke Vocational Training Association. Msaada seeks to establish self-sustaining projects to encourage prosperity, development and growth. Msaada provides support on the basis of the need, and capacity, of the local people. Support is not based on ethnic, religious or political considerations.

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Bown Design and Build are proud to be associated with Msaada, the UK charity that assists the people of Rwanda to restore their dignity and livelihoods by establishing self-help projects that provide families with a sustained income.

The “Dairy Cow Project” enables families to become self-sufficient by giving them a European dairy cow that can produce 10 times more milk than a local cow, while the “Honey Project” provides families with modern high-yielding frame hives that allow them to generate an income through the production of honey and beeswax.

The charity also assists in developing local enterprise. The money that Alistair’s father, Malcolm, raised shortly before his death by cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats was vitally important for the construction of a new hospitality centre in the East of the country. The centre incorporates a conference room, history centre, restaurant and a craft area that displays and sells products made by various widow’s co-operatives in the area. The new conference room, which is used for weddings, seminars, workshops and training sessions, generates about £10,000 a year that is used to assist widows and orphans who are needy, old or disabled.

To find out more about how Msaada is empowering the people of Rwanada, please visit their website:, or help support these projects and develop new ones by giving a donation here today.

Recent donors

15.06.16 Sorry I missed green days I completely got my weekends muddled. I still wanted to support Msaada and you all.

10.03.16 A good cause

01.12.15 Thanks for coming so quickly to sort our leak out. Have a lovely Christmas! xx

03.11.15 Hi Alistair This is Ian and Leslie Lyle. Thanks for fixing our downpipe.. see you at the concert

30.01.15 From the sale of my Dads car, he would have wanted the money to go to further the causes of Msaada.

03.12.14 Heartfelt thanks you for all you've done for us over the last year. Jane, Gary, Holly and Sam

26.11.14 Cheers for all the extras! Thank you!

29.07.14 Thanks for helping out yesterday. David & Laura

02.07.14 A great cause


18.12.13 Thanks to your brilliant team and all your support

17.12.13 Thanks again - David & Laura

25.11.13 Thanks for doing such a lovely job

22.10.13 With many thanks for the work you continue to do for us.

22.10.13 Thank you for all you do for us

13.09.13 happy to help


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