Because we have a heart for the most vulnerable, we are prepared to welcome each widow along with her own unique healing journey before her. Many are rape survivors from the 1994 Genocide, are suffering from HIV/AIDS, and have experienced marginalization, hunger, and lack of other basic necessities. These women are also mothers to multiple children.
True Vineyard Ministries provides counseling to help women heal from their traumatic experiences. The widows have opted to create a savings group to help them create and reach financial goals, save for the future, and provide for their families. Skill-based training is also offered to the women, so they can become professionals in their field, empowering them to take pride in their work for Handspun Hope.
Every day the women arrive at True Vineyard Ministries office an hour early to partake in corporate prayer because they know they are partaking in something bigger than themselves. They are taking part in rebuilding Rwanda.
True Vineyard Ministries believes that work-based solutions to poverty should restore dignity to impoverished individuals and move them into economic self-sufficiency so that they can become leaders of change in their families and surrounding communities. We have a simple approach...
The Most Vulnerable
TVM responds to the call of Jesus to love the poor and care for the most vulnerable in society. We believe that even the most destitute in society can be transformed into healed individuals, who develop skill sets so they can care for themselves and their own family members.
Research reveals that investing in women in developing countries is essential in achieving broader development goals. By providing jobs, education, and encouragement to women who each have an average of four to ten children, they will be more likely to instill those values in future generations. TVM focuses on females not for females alone, but believing that direct investment in a female will reap lasting rewards for future generations.
TVM emphasizes community-based solutions to poverty that utilize local people, local resources, and local talents. Currently, through raising sheep needed for Handspun Hope, specialized training has been offered to our local shepherd and other community members who now care for the sheep, providing them with a valuable skill set of livestock rearing. TVM is also looking to partner with Rwandan schools and other community households to provide training for livestock care.
Through a holistic and relational work environment, True Vineyard Ministries hopes for transformed lives. Many of the women served by True Vineyard Ministries suffer from traumatic loss, HIV/AIDS, and marginalization in their own communities. True Vineyard Ministries believes that the only person who can completely transform a person from the inside out is Jesus Christ. True Vineyard Ministries provides the tools, support, and community to help them live a lifestyle of the Gospel.
There is irreplaceable value of the parent’s responsibility to provide for future generations. It is for this reason we aim to empower adults so that through health awareness, financial stability, and educational values, the people TVM works with will become better parents and parent-figures in the lives of vulnerable children in Africa. Investing in the lives of Rwandan women shapes future generations.
The Whole Person
True Vineyard Ministries cares for the whole person. Every woman who comes to work with True Vineyard Ministries suffers from some level of trauma and loss. Many are survivors from the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, others are living with HIV/AIDS, and all of them have struggled to provide for multiple children under their care, enduring varying degrees of hunger, homelessness, and other stresses of poverty.
This is why True Vineyard hired Olive Muhawenimana, the Head Counselor of True Vineyard's Counseling Program. Olive earned her Bachelor's Degree in Clinical Psychology from the National University of Rwanda and joined the True Vinyeard staff in 2014. Olive, with the help of her assistant Marie Claire Umurewa, provides care for each of the 44 women hired by True Vineyard, including the children of women who are living with HIV/AIDS. True Vineyard has been providing personalized one-on-one counseling to each woman since the fall of 2012, when Katie Scraford, a former volunteer, initially developed the counseling program.
The Whole Community
2014 marked the twentieth anniversary of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi. What re-surfaced during this period was tragic and remarkable in that there were countless traumatic episodes among Rwandans still suffering from the horrors committed during that 100-day period. True Vineyard realized it was equipped to provide a broader spectrum of emotional care to the entire Musanze District through its counseling program, and wanted ints contribution to be felt throughout the countryside.
In the spring of 2013 True Vineyard hosted a Lay Counselor Training Program to Rwandan community leaders who were interested in committing to a ten-week course on how to offer trauma counseling to community members. Any community member interested was invited to take part in this comprehensive and free training to equip lay counselors to care for their community members.
The commitment and response of the attendees revealed a significant success in the outcome of the training groups. Two nuns attended the training in order to provide support to the local parish communities, leaders from other non-profit organizations attended to strengthen their services, a headmistress from a local secondary school, and multiple pastors and other community members.
Additionally, True Vineyard's new partners, Kate Spade & Company, identified two community members from Masoro (village where cooperative is located) to attend the True Vineyard training in order that their employees may receive the emotional help they need to live productive lives. True Vineyard Ministries is also working with Kate Spade & Company 's cooperative in Masoro in an advisory role to develop their new Life Skills program, which will focus heavily on group counseling. True Vineyard's Head Counselor and Country Director, Olive and Simon, are assisting in setting up this program so that Kate Spade & Company can address their employees emotional needs as they arise.
True Vineyard Ministries is thrilled to provide this level of widespread care to the entire Musanze District and now to the Masoro community. To date True Vineyard has provided two training sessions to a total of 38 community leaders and has plans to continue hosting lay counselor trainings annually to serve the community's needs. Caring for the acute psychological needs of the community is directly in line with True Vineyard's belief that the whole person needs to be liberated from poverty which includes spiritual, physical and emotional poverty in order to experience long lasting transformation.
Financial Freedom : Microfinance Initiative
True Vineyard Ministries envisions entire communities freed from poverty by creating environments where the most vulnerable are equipped to live out their full potential in every area of their lives. A significant way True Vineyard pursues this vision is by providing opportunities for long-term financial independence for the women who are employed by True Vineyard Ministries.
Currently, each woman employed by True Vineyard earns an above-average wage that provides for her basic needs and allows her to invest in her family. In fact, the 44 women have joined together to create a savings group that acts as an emergency fund, and any woman can request a loan from the savings account in the event of an emergency, so that a one-time visit to a hospital does not turn into a crisis.
True Vineyard Ministries is providing an additional opportunity for the women, which will empower them to take one step further in long-term financial independence. For specific women who apply and qualify, True Vineyard is granting individual loans so they can launch their own independent businesses. True Vineyard is providing the needed preparation that equips the women to create personal savings accounts, develop leadership skills, maximize their profit, and invest more fully in the future of their families.
Whenever a woman achieves enough independence and financial training to leave the yarn-making cooperative and launch her business, True Vineyard will hire another woman who is marginalized and in need of a well paying job and a welcoming, healing community that is offered through True Vineyard Ministries. This cycle of employment opportunity will ensure ongoing impact and involvement in the surrounding community.