Category: Africa

Elderly couple find hope

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Mzee Samson is 69 years old. He is seen here with his wife. All their children died in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. In their culture, it is normally the children who look after elderly parents in their old age. So life is difficult.

Mzee has a long term back problem but could never afford medical treatment. They couldn’t even afford the £3 per person per year medical insurance from the government.

They were both amazed and overjoyed to receive the gift of annual medical insurance from RSVP Trust. You can see it on their faces.

Now Mzee can get the medical care he needs.

Total cost of these smiles? £6.

If you want to help us create more smiles like these, please donate any amount here.

91 year old lady and mentally disabled daughter

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Veronica (in the yellow hat) was born in 1925. Most of her family were killed in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She is frequently ill. She lives with her daughter and grandson. Her daughter is mentally disabled.

Veronica worries what will happen to her grandson if she dies.

Thanks to RSVP supporters, all three family members now have medical insurance for one year, at £3 per person.

Though they still face many challenges, at least now they can get healthcare when they need it.

If you want to help us to help people like Veronica and her family, please donate here.

Widowed, evicted and homeless

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This is Marie. Her husband died two months ago. Now she cannot afford the rent and has been evicted from her small home. Now she sleeps outdoors with her children.

She has no work or way of earning money. The £3 per person annual medical insurance was impossible.

Now, thanks to RSVP supporters, she at least has medical insurance for herself and both her children. Total cost: £9. Thank you!

If you want to help us to help people like Marie and her family, please donate here.

Left disabled from 1995 accident

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This is John. He was run over by a car in 1995. He was unable to afford medical care and so, as a result of the accident, he became disabled. He is unable to stand. He has no wheelchair and has to crawl everywhere. He survives by begging in the marketplace.

The family are so poor they are unable even to afford the £3 per person annual medical insurance offered by the government.

When our worker discovered John and his family, he broke down in tears.

Thanks to our wonderful supporters at RSVP, we were able to pay for medical insurance for the whole family at a total cost of only £15 for one year!

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It doesn’t give John the ability to walk again but the family were so happy that if anyone has an accident or illness from now on, they can go straight to hospital as they are now insured.

Thank you RSVP supporters!

If you’d like to help us to help people like John and his family, please donate here.

A new start for a group of women.

After the success of the first group of women who have recently graduated the RSVP Freedom project tailoring course in Rwanda, We are pleased to announce, that thanks to RSVP Supporters, another group of 20 women have been able to start a new tailoring course.

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We are looking for the following support:
– people who can sponsor a sewing machine at £90 per lady.
– people who can sponsor a woman on the training course at £5 monthly or £60 one off for a year.
– people who can donate any amount to help pay the teacher.

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Gizelle, The teacher with the new group of women on the tailoring course.

If you would like to help us with this project please visit our website, or Download an information pack here.

A bright Future ahead

The RSVP Freedom Project, pioneered by Alison Fenning, has helped many women find their path out of poverty and prostitution, bringing dignity and hope to their families.

In May 2015 a group of 30 women graduated the first RSVP Freedom Project Tailoring course in Rwanda.

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Don & Alison with the women in Rwanda at their graduation.

This month each of the women who graduated the Freedom Project Tailoring course in May, received a sewing machine so they can begin their own tailoring business.

image2-1 IMG_4621 image4This is a fantastic milestone in this project, and we really would like to thank all our supporters who have been able to help with donations and prayers.
Because of you, these women now have a bright future ahead of them!!

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The women of the Freedom Project with their sewing machines.

There are more women due to begin the next course, if this is something you feel you would like to support please see our website for ways to help.
THANK YOU!

Freedom Project update

The women on the Freedom project course have been learning to sew.
As they sew they also learn patience.
Patience with themselves, others in the class and their teacher. This is something they may not have been able to practice before, but is a significant skill that is needed when stepping out of addiction and prostitution.
They also receive acceptance and love from the teacher and others in the class.
All of these things raise their self esteem making lasting change possible. All of this through learning to sew!
Thank you for supporting this  project. Alison will be out in Rwanda next week and will be spending time with the women.