Friday, March 16, 2012

True Vineyard

I recently stumbled upon an organization called True Vineyard.

In their own words

True Vineyard Ministries envisions entire communities freed from poverty.

We pursue this by reaching out to the most vulnerable people in Rwanda and creating environments where they are empowered to live out their full potential at work, home and in their spiritual lives.

As you learn more about us, you will read an incredible story about how God used one woman to step out in faith to help a group of impoverished widows in Rwanda. What has resulted is phenomenal. Lives are changed forever, our team continues to grow and we have developed amazing partners who continually spur us on toward our vision.

Read more about us and we think you'll catch on to the transforming work that's happening in Rwanda. We hope you'll join us too!

You can read about their Mission, Vision, and values here:

About Rwanda (from the website:

Post-colonial Rwanda was shaped by the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Standing as one of the swiftest episodes of mass murder the world has seen, nearly one million Rwandans were killed in a 100-day period. The aftermath of the genocide resulted in not only the massive loss of life, but also the complete decimation of national infrastructure. In 1994, no schools, hospitals, factories, or government departments were functioning. Rwanda's new government was faced with the tremendous task of stabilizing the country and rebuilding it.

In spite of this massive restructuring task, Rwanda has made vibrant development economically and socially, although the need for recovery at all levels of society and in the hearts of the Rwandan people is vast.

Today, seventeen years after the genocide, the socioeconomic impact of the horrific 100 days still lingers. Hutu militia raped Tutsi women in a deliberate plan to use HIV/AIDS as a weapon that would go on killing long after they had murdered their other victims. An estimated 11% of all females living in Rwanda at the time of the genocide were victims of the concerted rape campaign. As a direct result of the death and violence in 1994 there are more than 600,000 widows living in Rwanda.

Rwanda is a small country, roughly the size of Maryland with about 10 million inhabitants. There are 4.2 million children in Rwanda, 700,000 are orphans and 27,000 of those are living with HIV/AIDS. Currently, women head 34% of all Rwandan households, and more than 67% of the women who were raped in 1994 during the genocide are now infected with HIV/AIDS.

Now is a critical time to move forward economically and socially in Rwanda to care for those still suffering from the devastating effects of the genocide and to ensure this violence never happens again.

One of the ways True Vineyard helps is by hiring women in different villages through organized cooperatives. These women hand make accessories which are sold and the 100% of the profits go directly back to the village. It’s pretty amazing.

It’s not every day that you run across such an amazing organization – so I just had to share! I bought this purse and matching coin purse handmade and hand stamped (the stamps are even handmade). Amazing!

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