Three Cows for the Twa – Thank you, All Saints!

1 twa cow dance “It is a great joy to know these cows are ours. Today, everybody is happy.
Thank you so much, All Saints, for keeping us in your thoughts.”

The Twa (Pygmy) community we work with in Rwanda has undergone extraordinary changes since they left their forest existence in 2011. With initial help from Goats for Life, and the partnership with World Dance for Humanity, the community is creating a sustainable future. The children are in school and the women have opened a sewing business. Each family has a goat, but for years they have wanted COWS so they could provide milk to their children, have fertilizer for their crops, and be considered true farmers.

This spring, WD4H asked the All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito, California, for a $3,000 grant to buy cows for the Twa. Our request was granted, and on June 26, 2015, three full-grown, pregnant cows were delivered to the community.

We asked the All Saints Eventide group to suggest some names for the Twa to choose from. They came up with 83 lovely, creative names, including Moo-riah, Udder Lee, Cow-A-Bunga, and Milky Way. Justin created a shortlist of 23 names for the Twa to choose from. In a very formal meeting, the community chose BETSY, HOLY COW, and GRACE!

TWA COW VIDEO – MEET THE TWA COMMUNITY!

1 twa cow hug Nathalie

1 twa cow hug Beatha

2 Responses to Three Cows for the Twa – Thank you, All Saints!

  1. justin July 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

    Lives are truly being transformed. This is very exciting to changes lives of people like these who never thought they were even like other people. So many thanks to any one who contributed

  2. justin July 6, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    I wish All Saints would just feel the impact of what they have done in this community. You thought you only donated cows but you have done more than that. You brought hope and confidence and a sense of belonging to a community in these people. Transformation is possible, this really proves it. This people have taken a long journey to be where they are now.

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