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Masonites in Rwanda, Africa
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 • Posted January 22, 2014

There is a very special organization based in Mason Texas that is changing the lives of men, women and children in Rwanda, Africa who acquired elephantiasis by working in the fields without shoes.

The disease is called podoconiosis and it is a debilitating disease that for those who are living with it, changes their life in a very negative way. They are shunned by society and become outcasts who have to beg for money on the streets to survive. The Imidido Project was founded by Tonya Huston of Mason who is a physical therapist who saw a need to begin a medical clinic in Rwanda to address those unlucky enough to have this disease.

Not only is the clinic providing free health care, but it is providing an environment to nurture positive relationships with this marginalized community. There are many ongoing initiatives that include prevention education and developing an income generating activity for those with the disease that will allow them to pay for food, education and health care.

Tonya hopes to build a tribe of supporters from the US and abroad to give a hand up to this marginalized population that beg on the streets for subsistence. The Imidido Project is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Tax deductible contributions can be made at or you can mail your contribution to PO Box 1033, Mason, Texas, 76856. Even $10.00 will go a long way in Rwanda.

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