CONSULTING & COLLABORATING IN RWANDA

Taking time to monitor and evaluate an operation from the bottom up, is key to improving efficiency and is a great driver of success. It was such a pleasure to collaborate with and consult for two local Rwandan organizations: Eco-Soap Bank/Hope Shines as well as the ASYV Health & Wellness teams. Both organizations impressed us with their will to self-reflect, analyze, receive and apply feedback - both illustrating an admirable commitment to their projects and the communities they work with.

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Sundara Team
A WEEK OF INSPIRATION IN RWANDA

Last month, the Sundara team was given an exciting opportunity to visit the Central African country of Rwanda. It was not a tropical vacation, nor a gorilla trek or safari (maybe next time!) but rather, the chance to meet with organizations both big and small who have dedicated themselves to improving lives through education, health and hygiene, empowerment and economic opportunity.

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Erin Zaikis
A HOUSE, A WORKSHOP & ONE GIRL’S DREAM COME TRUE

In 2012, Yogita did something no other woman in her village has ever done: she took on a loan of 60,000 rupees from the bank. With this money, she built a home out of dry stick, cow dung and mud. Today, she welcomes Sundara with open arms into her home - we are proud to now call this home to our second soap recycling workshop in India. 

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Erin Zaikis
PROVIDING SAFE WATER TO BUKOMPE REFUGEE CAMP

Situated in Uganda, Bukompe Refugee Camp is now the home of 4,000 people from Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They live in 600 houses with thatched roofs, and there are only 10 latrines throughout the camp. The only available water comes from small ponds and dams that are either contaminated or are shared with the cattle, goats, and sheep they raise

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Erin Zaikis
STORY BEHIND THE LAUNCH OF OUR THIRD WORKSHOP IN INDIA

A 2008 study on water identified that 256 government schools in the slums of Pune have zero access to soap. The need for access to proper hygiene and sanitation here is so great–and it’s because of our incredible supporters like you, who helped us raise over 20K for this new workshop, that we are already hard at work to bring thousands of bars of soap into these schools. 

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A Second Year, A Second Workshop

With the help of our partner, Soapbox Soaps, we commemorated our first birthday on May 7th 2016 by launching our second soap-recycling workshop in Ashte, India— a tribal village four hours outside of Mumbai, near the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra.

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Erin Zaikis
One boy's dream: A medical clinic in Kalwa

Last year, an 11 year old Kalwa resident, Shravan Sharma, passed away from a lack of accessible health care in his neighborhood. The community was devastated by the loss of a life so young, so full of life. Shravan had big hopes and dreams - he wanted to be a doctor. He was never able to make his dream come true, but his legacy will live on.

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Erin Zaikis