CottageCare® has created a charity for widows and orphans in Africa, specifically the country of Rwanda.

The purpose is to provide housing, food, clothing, education and health care to orphans who have no safety net. The U.S. and most developed countries have social safety nets for orphans and the less fortunate; countries like Rwanda, young, vibrant and thriving though they may be, cannot yet afford to provide care for orphans, especially when they constitute over 10% of the population of the country, as is the case in Rwanda.

Without safety nets, many orphans are left to fend for themselves. It is not unusual to find orphans as heads of households, 12-year-olds, for example, caring for their younger siblings.

The principals and officers of CottageCare®, Inc. found themselves drawn to do something to help. There is so much need around the world; you have to determine what is your part. What will I do? Rwanda was our interest. We cannot explain how we were drawn to Rwanda, a leading that melted our hearts to help. Just because we can’t save every orphan doesn’t mean we shouldn’t provide for some–those Providence puts in our way and within our means.

If you are a customer of CottageCare®, your patronage is gratefully appreciated. Additionally, you are vicariously helping to support widows and orphans in Rwanda.

The Rwanda Project | CottageCare
The Rwanda Project | CottageCare

Mr. Desire was born in 1965 in exile. His family moved from their roots in Rwanda to Uganda in the 1950s to escape the oppression of the Tutsis by the Hutus. In late 1994, with the genocide behind and the new government installed, Mr. Desire felt a compelling call to return to Rwanda with a vision of forming an organization to help the vulnerable children left in the wake of the tumultuous period of terror that had oppressed the country.

Mr. Desire gave up his position as pastor of a successful church in Uganda (2,000+ members) and set out to follow his call. After obtaining the registration of his non-profit organization from the Rwandan government, Mr. Desire spent 10+ years doing what he could without any on-going monthly support for himself or his organization. He was able to support 28 children on a scrabbled string of one-time contributions.

Unfazed and still committed to his vision, it was easy for CottageCare®, Inc. to match Norman’s vision and hard work with a commitment to providing 100% of the necessary financial resources to fund his work and thereby Norman’s full-time effort in being an in-country overseer for our objectives which matched and complemented his objectives so well.

Norman and his wife, Mutesi, have three children, Gad, a boy 11 years old, Darlene, who is 9 years old, and Grace, now 5 years old. They reside in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.