Although 17 years have passed since the genocide in Rwanda, the need for reconciliation and healing is still very great in Rwanda and in Africa's Great Lakes region. There are a number of organizations at work providing for the psychological, spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of both those who have suffered such great loss and those who wrestle with such great guilt.
Catherine's book highlights the wonderful work of many of these organizations. You can find a list of them as well as contact information and websites below. To contribute to their efforts or find out more about how you can get involved, contact:
AEE, African Evangelistic Enterprise
AEE/Rwanda is a Christian interdenominational, multicultural ministry of evangelism; reconciliation; leadership development training; relief and community development that works under national leadership in Rwanda. AEE/Rwanda works closely with local church and para-church leaders in Rwanda to mobilize congregations in outreach to key cities in Rwanda. AEE was influential in conducting the healing workshops that helped Devota learn to forgive.
CARSA, Christian Action for Reconciliation and Social Assistance
CARSA Ministries - Christian Action for Reconciliation and Social Assistance (CARSA) is a non-profit organization formed in 2002 for the purpose of promoting reconciliation, reconstruction and restoring a peaceful society. The healing workshops conducted through CARSA helped people like Chantal, John, and Monique to find healing.
Center for Justice and Reconciliation
Prison Fellowship International's Centre for Justice and Reconciliation promotes restorative justice initiatives that work to heal broken relationships, repair the damage done by crime and restore the offender to a meaningful role in society. The research and training provided by this center have helped to equip countries like Rwanda to engage in restorative justice efforts such as the Umuvumu Tree Project.
Film-maker Laura Waters Hinson and Prison Fellowship International are partnering in the ongoing work of helping ex-offenders show their repentance for their crimes by building homes for survivors in Rwanda. You can find out more about this practical step you can take to get involved at Living Bricks.
MOUCECORE, Mouvement Chretien pour l’Evengelisation, le Counselling et la Reconciliation or The Christian Movement for Evangelism, Counseling, and Reconciliation
MOUCECORE is a non-governmental organization based in Kigali, Rwanda. The organization focuses on discipleship, peace-building, healing, reconciliation, sustainable community development and HIV/AIDS care and prevention.
PHARP, Peace-building, Healing and Reconciliation Programme
PHARP Rwanda began in 1998 to facilitate healing and reconciliation by focusing on training leaders from groups of youth, women and pastors, who in turn reach out to many people in their own churches and communities. The main purpose was to create opportunity for dialogue where people from different ethnic groups and religious backgrounds could begin to share experiences and sufferings and create an understanding. This led to confessions and the offering of forgiveness between the participants as well as the transformation of attitudes people previously held towards one another.
Prison Fellowship International
Prison Fellowship International (PFI) is the world’s largest and most extensive criminal justice ministry with over 100 national Prison Fellowship organizations worldwide. It is active in every region of the world with a network of more than 100,000 volunteers working for the spiritual, moral, social and physical well-being of prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families and victims of crime. The national Prison Fellowship organizations are indigenous, volunteer-based and trans-denominational. Prison Fellowship Rwanda has been actively involved in developing victim-offender reconciliation programs through the Umuvumu Tree Workshops and the house-building project which was featured in the story of Rosaria and Saveri.
Rwandan Chairman: John Rucyahana
Rwandan Director: Deo Gashagaza
P.O Box 2098
(250) 0854 1117
(250) 0859 6086
Since 2004, Rwanda Partners has been working directly with the Rwandan people as they seek to rebuild, reconcile and restore their lives and their nation. They do this through developing projects to care for the needs of Rwanda's vulnerable poor, and by partnering with Rwandan men and women that are seeking to make a tangible difference in the lives of their countrymen in the area of healing, reconciliation and restoration but who need help to do this. Rwanda Partners provides these individuals or organizations with financial support, training, encouragement, personnel and any other necessary support to help them carry out their God-given call to care for Rwanda's hurting people. Rwanda Partners supports AEE, CARSA and other reconciliation groups.
Director: John Gakwandi
Solace Ministries is a Christian non-profit organization primarily devoted to bringing healing and hope to the widows and orphans of Rwanda. Through the outreach and care of Solace, Claude learned to forgive and seek reconciliation with the people who killed his family.
Solace USA, Inc.
W164 N9703 Water St
Germantown, WI 53022
PO Box 6090
e-mail: [email protected]
Sonrise School and Orphanage
Bishop John founded the Sonrise School to be a “light on a hill” and a demonstration to everyone in Rwanda as to what is possible. The school’s mission is to set the standard for academic excellence and servant leadership. The majority of the Sonrise School’s students, like Joy, are genocide/AIDS orphans chosen because they were the neediest children in their villages. Because the majority of the Sonrise School’s students are orphans, the Mustard Seed Project launched a student sponsorship program to fund the annual operating costs of boarding and educating each of the school’s orphaned students. To support the program contact:
Sonrise Orphans Ministry
Moon Township, Pa. 15108
Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee
This high quality coffee provides a Living Wage to coffee growers, micro-finance loans to widows, and engages redemption in a very tangible way across the world. Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee is on a mission to provide excellent coffee, support sustainable economic development, and to be a catalyst for reconciliation in Rwanda. We invite you to partner with us to "Drink Coffee. Do Good."
World Relief Rwanda
The Mission of World Relief, as originated within the National Association of Evangelicals, is to work with, for and from the Church to relieve human suffering, poverty and hunger worldwide in the name of Jesus Christ. Many of the economic development projects in Rwanda are micro-enterprise efforts that help further practical reconciliation.
7 East Baltimore St
Baltimore MD 21202
443-451-1900 or 800-535-5433
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. John Steward worked with World Vision Rwanda in developing and facilitating healing and reconciliation workshops.
P.O. Box 9716, Dept. W
Federal Way, WA 98063-9716