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Turbulent Times

Some of you may have already read about the increased rebel activity and fighting in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) along the Rwanda border. I want you to know that all children, workers and animals at Imbabazi are safe and sound. This is a very tense and stressful for time for Imbabazi as we are located close to the DRC border. At times we have heard the fighting which makes us all feel on edge.

Our local government officials and police have come to reassure the children and staff that they are safe. The children have been particularly concerned as for some it brings back memories of being separated from their parents and living in fear before finding a home at Imbabazi. For others, it is their first time to hear fighting which is just as concerning. We have been meeting regularly with the children to listen to their questions and concerns and reassure them.

Throughout this turbulent time, Imbabazi operations are generally continuing as usual with the exception that plans to reunite some children with their families have been temporarily suspended. We have still been delivering our weekly flower bouquets and vegetables and  receiving visitors with our tourism project.

We thank all of our friends and supporters for their concerns, prayers and notes of encouragement.

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