We believe solutions to poverty should restore dignity to impoverished individuals and move them into economic self-sufficiency so they may become leaders of change within their families and surrounding communities. We have a simple approach...
The Most Vulnerable
We respond to the call of Jesus to love the poor and care for the most vulnerable in society. We believe everyone, even the most broken, can be transformed into healed individuals who can care for themselves and their families.
Research reveals that investing in women in developing countries is essential to achieving broader development goals. Women who are provided jobs, education and encouragement will be more likely to instill those values in future generations. We believe that investing in women will reap lasting rewards for future generations.
We emphasize community-based solutions to poverty by working with local people, local resources and local talents. Currently, through the raising of sheep for Handspun Hope, specialized training has been offered to our local shepherd and other community members who now care for the animals.
Through a holistic and relational work environment, True Vineyard Ministries works to transform lives. Many of the women served by our organization suffer from traumatic loss, HIV/AIDS and marginalization in their own communities. We believe true transformation can only come through relationship with Jesus Christ. True Vineyard Ministries provides the tools, support and community to help our women live a lifestyle of the Gospel.
We aim to empower adults so that, through health awareness, financial stability and educational values, the people we work with will become better parents and parent-figures in the lives of vulnerable children in Rwanda. Investing in the lives of Rwandan women shapes future generations.
The Whole Person
True Vineyard Ministries cares for the whole person. Every woman in our employ suffers from some level of trauma and loss. Many are survivors from the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi. Others are living with HIV/AIDS. All have struggled to provide for multiple children under their care and have endured varying degrees of hunger, homelessness and other stresses of poverty.
This is why True Vineyard hired Olive Muhawenimana, the Lead 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 Vinyard staff in 2014. Olive, with the help of her assistant Marie Claire Umurewa, provides care for each of the 122 women hired. True Vineyard has been providing group and individual counseling for each woman since 2012.
The Whole Community
2014 marked the twentieth anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. During this time, it became clear that many Rwandans were reliving the traumatic episodes they endured during that 100-day period. We realized we were equipped to provide a broader spectrum of emotional care to the entire Musanze District through the counseling program we had been using with our own ladies, and wanted to spread the healing that comes from counseling beyond our walls and into Rwanda.
In the spring of 2013, True Vineyard hosted a Lay Counselor Training Program for Rwandan community leaders who were interested in committing to a ten-week course. During this time, these leaders learned how to offer trauma counseling to members of their own community. Community leaders from nearby villages were 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 spoke to the need of trauma counseling throughout the country. 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 and a headmistress from a local secondary school as well as multiple pastors opted to take advantage of the training.
Additionally, Kate Spade & Company/ADC, who works in the neighboring village of Masoro, identified two community members to take part in the training program so that they could then provide trauma counseling for their own employees in Masoro. We are proud to be partnering with Kate Spade & Company 's cooperative in an advisory role to develop their Life Skills program which focuses heavily on group counseling.
True Vineyard Ministries is thrilled to provide this level of widespread care to the entire Musanze District and to other communities in Rwanda. To date, True Vineyard has provided trauma counseling training 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. We pursue this vision is by providing opportunities for long-term financial independence for the women who are employed by True Vineyard Ministries.
Currently, each woman earns an above-average wage that provides for her basic needs and allows her to invest in her family. Many of our ladies 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.
For those who apply and qualify, True Vineyard is granting individual loans so they can launch their own independent businesses. We then provide the needed preparation to equip those woman to create personal savings accounts, develop leadership skills, maximize their profit and invest more fully in the future of their families.
When one of our ladies achieves enough independence and financial training to leave the yarn-making cooperative and launch her business, True Vineyard will hire another woman in need of a well paying job and a welcoming, healing community.