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We’re making progress, but we need your help.

Every graduate of the Hope Vocational Training Center is a reminder that what we do makes a real, lasting impact in communities throughout Rwanda and beyond. A people targeted for extinction by their own countrymen just a generation ago have shown resilience in the face of diversity unlike few examples in human history. But what this first post-genocide "lost generation" really needs is support.

Through donations by sponsors like you who believe in the mission of Rebuilding Rwanda, we are able to provide that support -- one student at a time.

We are Biblically Motivated

In His name. In all things.

The Hope Vocational Training Center and its mission was the vision of Rwandan genocide survivor Emmanuel Sitaki Kayinamura, whose own story includes the brutal death of 35 family members. Nevertheless, he has continued to see God’s hand at work in his life, starting with the fact that only his sister, his mother and he were able to escape the massacre with an incredible story of divine intervention.

Emmanuel Sitaki

Since then, he has been devoted to giving back to others in his homeland with heartbreaking tales all too similar to his. His effort to rebuild his homeland began by uniting orphans and widows, creating new family bonds in the wake of utter destruction. Realizing these young survivors faced unique hurdles as they got older, he then established a school to provide them with the skills they needed to earn a consistent income.

Through a combination of acceptance, biblical influence and practical instruction, we were honored to celebrate alongside 205 graduates in 2017 alone. With your help, we will continue to reach the orphans and most vulnerable surviving victims of this painful chapter in the nation’s history.

Orphans?

“Orphan” in Rwanda might mean something different.

In much of the world, orphans are thought of as those who have lost both parents. Often when referring to orphans in the context of Rwanda, however, single-parent orphans are included in statistics demonstrating the horrific damage inflicted on Tutsi families. While countless Rwandan children across the nation could be described as orphaned under any definition, scores of others suffered the loss of one parent -- in addition to any number of other relatives. Displaced widows and orphans across the brutalized country were forced to rebuild their lives with huge pieces missing. In the midst of unimaginable pain, though, many new family bonds were formed. Emmanuel found his calling in returning to Rwanda, where he helped connect orphans in desperate need of love with widows willing to open their hearts.

Years before he established the Hope Vocational Training Center to meet the long-term goals of these orphans, he was instrumental in meeting their immediate needs. Just two years after he narrowly escaped the mass genocide that left almost his entire family dead, Emmanuel said two spiritual advisors in two separate situations had delivered the same message: God wanted him to fulfill a mission in Rwanda.

“After getting one message from two different people, as a Christian I was just thinking, ‘What is happening right now in my inside? Why this message is coming at this point?” he recalled.

He said he needed to hear from God directly before he returned to the nation where he lost everything. Following three days of prayer and fasting, he got his message.

Upon deciding to obey God’s will, Sitaki said he “miraculously” obtained a plane ticket and soon arrived in a once familiar homeland that appeared entirely foreign.

“When I got there, I was completely lost,” he said. “Lost in my belief, lost in being alone. And I questioned everything. I was asking why. Why, God, did you ask me to come to such a place like this?”

Emmanuel returned to the neighborhoods where his loved ones once lived, finding the streets lined with orphans in desperate need and barely surviving. That sight clarified his mission. He recognized God’s voice and was reminded of James 1:27, which calls on believers to care for orphans and widows.

“When I heard that, I said OK, now I understand the reason why I’m here,” he said.

These broken families have created a generation of orphans still in need of not only resources, but the encouragement and support of someone who wants to see them succeed. Those orphans found it when he placed them with widows back in 1996 -- and then again when they were among the first to learn a marketable trade through the school he went on to establish.

With a donation to the Hope Vocational Training Center, you can make sure another student finds the hope and encouragement he or she so desperately needs!

Education and Work

Vocation means sustainability.

By learning a marketable trade, graduates of the Hope Vocational Training Center can go on to earn a steady living wage -- in many cases for the first time in their lives. It takes just a year of education to equip students with skills that result in 9 out of 10 graduates finding self-sustaining employment in their new skill. Not only does this often provide a restored sense of dignity and worth, it provides continuous positive benefits to their families and communities. Each individual success story contributes in its own way to the mission of Restoring Rwanda.

Change a Life, Change the World

There is no denying the immense reward of helping a young person find hope where it appeared to be lost. But the impact is magnified each time a graduate goes on to establish strong economic roots in his or her community. Starting with their families, self-sustaining employment gives graduates an opportunity to improve more than just their own future. Every new small business launched by a graduate of Hope Vocational Training Center contributes a bit of much-needed stability to communities, a nation, and ultimately the world.

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