|The infant in this pic is not linked to the mama in the story. And the cute girl, is my daughter.|
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
She was 2 years old when her parents both were killed in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Where she found herself in a refugee camp in Goma. She ended up with a family, who moved when she was 6 years old, and left her behind. She found herself a street kid, doing what she could to get her very basic needs met. As she grew up and became a teenager a sweet talking solider, told her everything she wanted to hear. That longing to belong, that longing to be a part of a family, that longing to be loved. When she was 14 she was pregnant by the solider, and by the time she was 15 she was a momma. She lived with the solider and bore him 3 children. When his family found out about her, they didn't approve. He swept her from the home like dust, out the door. She found herself staying with a motto driver, who was willing to left her and her children stay with him, if she would sleep with him. She became pregnant, and was once again discarded from the home like dust swept from the dirt floor.
This momma has never walked through the doors of a school as a student. She has no ability to read or write. She carries luggage on her head with her baby on her back, or anything she can do to make ends meet. We have been able to relieve some of the burden from her by supplying some of the basic nutritional needs for her youngest, she wasn't able to nurse because of malnourishment.
Her hope for her and her family, is that she can begin the literacy classes, and then she hopes that she can then attend the vocational school to learn sewing. She desires to be an example to her children that you can learn, even when you are a mom, and older.
"What does learning to read and write mean to you?"
Mom- "It means freedom! It means I have more power over my own life, because I can know what papers say, when a landlord wants me to sign. I can use my voice, and hold my head higher. Now the children who pass me on the street, know more than I do. So I hold my head down, and my voice low. I dont want anyone to know I am ignorant. Learning to read and write, will give me courage to use my voice!"
You can make a donation to help us reach our $2,500 goal to start the first phase of helping these moms phase into independence. As you mark off your list for your kids going back to school. Pray for the moms, who are hoping to learn for the first time! Moms who will learn a trade! And make way that we can begin to help the other 34 infants in immediate need at the moment.
How can you help?
Share about the opportunity to partner with us financially and/or in prayer!
Partner with us in prayer, for the finances, and for the moms! Their precious hearts beginning to dream of a future without fear, but with some confidence!
Donate! No donation is too small. We serve a God who fed thousands with just a few fish and a few loaves.
Friday, August 26, 2016
We have been doing the infant program (Hope For Tomorrow) now for almost 6 months!
The babies are growing and gaining weight,
the moms are gaining confidence, and trying to get their footing in their faith, for some.
We have seen some miracles happen right before our eyes.
One of things we love the most, is seeing moms starting to...
Dare. To. Dream!
And we dont want to just ensure the survival of the infants in immediate need.
We want to equip the moms and dads!
And that is where you come in.
We found this school, not to far from us.
In fact, within walking distance of ALL the moms in the program.
It is called Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle.
They offer 6 month courses in-
-Hair (braiding, styling, etc)
These are some of the buildings that they practice some of the trades they are learning.
We also have a couple moms, who need to get the basics of reading and writing down first,
before they can even begin to go to vocational school.
So September as everyone is packing up their backpacks,
we are unpacking some hope over here.
And we are inviting you to jump on board.
Here is the breakdown of what we need.
We need to raise $2,500 in the month of September!
$600 for the teacher who will teach at the office literacy
$35 for a chalk board in the office
$194 for 10 desks ($19.48 per desk)
That will cover the literacy program for six months!!!!
Moms and dads who can then read a lease for a place to rent.
Who can now read to their kids, inspire their kids, read the notes the
teachers send home with their kids.
Who can be empowered! The course used by the Ministry of education
also teaches as they learn to read and write lessons on nutrition,
STD's, hygeine, etc!! So they are learning so much more, as they are learning
to read and write.
When it comes to the vocational school, this is the breakdown per student,
for 6 months!
$124 in school fee's
$15.58 for school uniforms
$10.38 for a work uniform
$3.89 for 3 large notebooks
$1.55 for 4 small notebooks
$1.55 for a mathematical set
$1.55 for school maintenance fee's
Thats $159 per student, for a vocational degree, and a skill
that help them earn an income, and be self sufficient!
We have 7 moms/dads who are able to go to vocational school!!
But we also need to figure in $300 for child care for some of those moms
We hope the moms who want desire to go for sewing,
that at the end of the 6 months we can purchase them a sewing machine.
And they will be able to work from home!
We cannot do this without you!
And we have watched the Lord do some HUGE miracles.
And the literacy program has been so strongly on my heart, but
I can't start it, until I have secured the funds.
If we raise this $2,500 in September,
then we can start changing lives, equipping lives, in October!!!
CLICK HERE to make a tax deductible donation.
|The moms and babies in our Hope For Tomorrow program.|
|These moms are the true heroes!|
And some of the hardest workers I have ever seen!!