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July 15, 2019

Heather's son Mark ran the 50km Peak District Challenge together with over 500 other competitors. He came in 47th in a time of 7hrs 40mins - even more remarkable as he is not a regular runner. 

His sponsorship money will be split between The Goboka Rwanda Trust and the 4 young children of a schoolfriend of his who died suddenly last week of cardiac arrest at the age of 32.

Mark came to Rwanda in 2014 and since that time grew and had a sponsored beard-shave to raise money for a rough terrain motorbike which ferries medication, blood-samples an...

July 25, 2018

The 2018 group from Castleton in the Peak District are currently in Rwanda with Heather supporting local projects, including meeting Peveril, the cow they helped purchase for her owner Yulida. The picture shows Ellen, John, Helen and Peter with Yulida with neighbour Neliya who will receive the calf as part of the Reconciliation Scheme.

Click here to read all about the 2018 visit.

July 16, 2018

Although The Goboka Rwanda Trust is not a church-based charity, we are delighted to report on recent support from our friends across the denominations who have raised funds in recent months to assist our work..

Firstly, the Roman Catholic Church of All Saints at Hassop supported us with their Lent Appeal.  This came about because one of their members heard Heather give a talk to the WI in Monyash – and suggested the Goboka Rwanda Trust as something the Church might support.

Our grateful thanks to her, to all the Church Members who were so sup...

March 28, 2018

Great news! You may remember Ephaste Niyigena - our projects manager who lives in Rwanda.

Ephaste has been recognised for his achievements by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (IOEE). He has been awarded Member status and with it comes professional registration with this prestigious professional organisation.

The IOEE is the first dedicated professional learning institute specialising in business enterprise and business support.

Ephaste is the first person in Rwanda to be awarded this recognition!

Ephaste’s registration reflects...

February 28, 2018

Since Christmas we have been able to send a further sum of money to our account in Rwanda – some of which is to be spent on the purchase of sheep for the Cyanika community, who live in a very poor region right on the Congonese border in the north west of the country.  This was a project which was to be supported by another UK charity who had failed to raise the necessary funding – so we were asked to step in so that the people would not be disappointed.  This we have been pleased to do and Anastase will be presenting these sheep shortly – a...

January 1, 2018

September and October particularly proved a very busy and successful time for The Goboka Rwanda Trust.  Heather had about 10 talks lined up, we had goods brought back from Rwanda which were eagerly purchased as Christmas presents, the monthly Café Rwanda in Bakewell Town Hall was well attended and individuals and groups most generous with their donations.  This included the collection from a Harvest Festival by Kirkoswald and Alton District Methodist Church in Cumbria – some members of whom had previously visited Rwanda and supported the pu...

November 26, 2017


We are delighted that so many of you are anxious to purchase the lovely and
bright coloured bags, aprons and stuffed animals which we bring back from trips to
Rwanda and which help the sewing schools which we support out there.
100 bags were brought back in August 2017 – and only about 20 currently remain.
All 30 patchwork aprons have now been sold – as have lots of the other goods
including jewellery. Our goods are on display and available for purchase each month
at Café Rwanda – details of which can be found elsewhere on the website.
Don...

November 26, 2017


The latest addition to our bovine family is ‘Thurston’ the cow – generously donated
by the Methodist Church in Thurstonfield, Cumbria – who sent the offertory from their
Harvest Festival. We thought as this was a rural farming community in the north of
England they would appreciate their donation purchasing a cow for a needy
community in Rwanda – and our partners are currently trying to identify a Primary
School in one of the poorer regions of the country which would benefit from owing a
cow. We look forward to receiving photos of ‘Thursto...

November 26, 2017


Following a very busy period of talks and fundraising events, we are delighted to
have sent this week adequate funding to pay for the roof sheets on the new
Reconciliation Centre at Gitsimbwe in the Western Province of Rwanda. (pic)
This was the latest project to be identified by our Rwandan partners, but we did not
anticipate being able to progress this work so quickly – but by so doing the building
should have a roof before the heavy rains start early in the New Year.
Grateful thanks go to all the Groups and Clubs who invite Heather alon...

August 31, 2017

Shopping was also on the agenda in the last day. Here is just a selection of the goods made by girls in the sewing schools which we support. These - and many other similar items are sold at the monthly Cafe Rwanda held in the Court Room at Bakewell Town Hall. The next one is on Monday 18 Sept from 10am-3pm.

Very popular for Christmas gifts - but hurry - they sell very quickly!

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