David Dale Shyogwe Trust

David Dale
Shyogwe Trust

The Trust supports the work of The Episcopal Church of Rwanda in Shyogwe Diocese

Projects to relieve financial hardship due to poverty include preschool education, building work on churches, hospitals and training centres, supporting health programmes and vocational training.

The Trust always seeks a more sustainable future whilst 'helping the man in front of you'.

How it started
Following the 1994 genocide, three quarters of the population in that parish alone were widows and orphans – the needs of the people were great.  David Dale visited Shyogwe Diocese for the first time in April 1999 and immediately recognised that funds raised in the UK could go a long way to helping a people so traumatised by the genocide. 

The Trust came into being and over the years has grown – both in numbers of supporters and in the numbers of Rwandans supported. Over the past five years, over £200,000 has been raised. Canon David Dale, former Commissary to Bishop Jered, is now retired but makes the occasional visit to Shyogwe Diocese and maintains a keen interest in the Trust.  He is invaluable in his knowledge of the people and their family history and of a culture so different to that of the UK. 

Each year, one or more of the Trustees travel to Shyogwe Diocese thereby maintaining personal links with those whom we aim to support. 

These visits are self-funded and we seek to:
  • support the Bishop in Shyogwe by visiting parishes and encouraging pastors and congregations
  • monitor projects – observing the progress made between visits and assessing additional needs that might be supported by the Trust whether in building, education, training and/or health projects
  • provide reports of visits detailing progress on existing and planned projects.
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