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Our Story

The Need

There is no question in today's world that too many people live in absolute poverty, lacking basic life essentials like food, shelter, clean water, health care, and education. Almost half the world lives on less than $2.50 USD per day. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to one third of the world's extremely poor rural people, and the numbers are growing. There are multiple causes to the devastating effects of poverty - such as lack of access to clean water, war and unstable government, poor health care system, and lack of education to name a few.

The Call to Action

One day in 2002, an American woman named Diana Wiley heard a presentation in her church from an African hospital worker who shared a glimpse of the poverty situation in certain parts of Africa. Diana made the decision that very day to go and make a difference. She thought that even though she lived far away, she could figure out a way to use her gifts and skills to help some of those suffering in Africa overcome the trap of poverty.

Diana began working together with US teams and hospitals to better equip hospitals to care for patients in Mozambique in 2002. Five years later, Diana started learning more about the tragic history of Rwanda and especially about the horrific violence that occurred to Rwandan women during The 1994 Genocide accompanying the total loss of infrastructure that prevented many Rwandans from being able to work. She felt it was time to move the work of True Vineyard Ministries to Rwanda.

The Solution

Something quickly became clear about the poverty situation in Rwanda. In most African cultures, women have immense influence in family and community life. If a woman is educated and empowered to lift herself out of poverty, she will mostly likely commit her time, money, and skills to educating her children and her community members. Women are an important piece of the development puzzle. It is for this reason that our current focus reaches out to the most vulnerable women in Rwandan communities, widows.

True Vineyard Ministries was officially formed in 2007 and works hand-in-hand with local churches and organizations, local resources, and local leadership to create sustainable enterprise for the worlds poorest. Local churches nominate the poorest widows in their community who can enter into True Vineyard Ministries' model of holistic care.

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