Category: child sponsorship

RSVP House of Mercy

RSVP children at the Hose of Mercy

RSVP children at the Hose of Mercy

Thanks to all who support us. The 16 orphaned children in our House of Mercy, in Rwanda, are doing well. RSVP supporters make it possible for us to provide a home, clothing, schooling, food and caring adults to look after them.

RSVP’s House of Mercy is providing a safe place for these children to grow and develop, and look forward to a brighter future.

Most of the children have sponsors but a couple are financed from RSVP’s general funds. If you would be interested in supporting us to meet the costs of this important work, please consider making a monthly donation of any amount.

Thanks again for all who give to this life transforming work!


RSVP Mission of Hope

Setting off to Rwanda

Setting off to Rwanda

This afternoon I drove my work colleague, Alison Fenning, and her husband and RSVP Trustee, Richard, to Heathrow. They are now in the air, enroute to Rwanda, for RSVP’s Mission of Hope.

RSVP’s Mission of Hope will include speaking to a gathering of women involved in prostitution, providing food and bedding for the poor in Bugesera, community outreach, food and bedding for the poor in Kayonza, speaking on National Radio, speaking in churches, lecturing in Bible School, leadership seminars, visiting in the slums of Kigali.

Many thanks to all RSVP Partners who have donated finance to make this trip possible. Thanks to those of you who, I know, will pray for Alison and Richard every day through this mission. Please pray for good health, especially for Alison who suffered a serious health attack on an Africa Mission last year.

RSVP has been working in Rwanda since 1997, when I first visited the country with my Rwandan friend, Charles Mugisha.

The story of those early days is told in the book Beautiful on the Mountains (available from RSVP). Since then we have helped build a school, built an orphanage which we continue to support every month, helped educate hundreds of children, feed street children and support vulnerable women. We have supplied tons and tons of food to the hungry, provided matresses and bedding to widows and the elderly. We have helped women out of prostitution and start small businesses.

I had hoped to join Alison and Richard on this trip but funds have not been sufficient. So I did my small part and drove them to the airport. We greatly value all who support our work in transforming lives in Africa.

We still need to meet the full costs of the mission and it’s not too late to make a donation, however small, to help us meet urgent needs.

Thanks for your partnership and support.



Pastor Tom in Stowmarket


Don Egan, Tom Abungu and Alison Fenning

This morning Don Egan &  Alison Fenning met with our Kenya Partner Pastor Tom Abungu from Connect with a Child Ministries.

We talked about the development of RSVP’s partnership in Kenya, the Child Sponsorship programme and how to make teams more helpful to Tom and his ministry.

Tom also shared about his desire to do more Water Wells with RSVP and his vision of a village hospital.

Pastor Tom will be speaking at Mildenhall Baptist Church this Sunday at 10:30am as the guest of RSVP Trustee Pastor Carl Morehouse.

Orphans into families…

Alison Fenning feeding street children in Nairobi’s slums

Three years ago, RSVP’s Kenya partner, Tom Abungo, based in Nairobi, took us to see a piece of land where he had a vision to build a Church and have a centre of education for street children they were reaching out too.

Two weeks ago I stood in the Church and the education centre that now exists on that land. It is a still a work in progress. The 190 street children have now been placed in families, so they have a home, get daily food, and are educated. Some are sponsored whilst others are still waiting for a sponsor.

This project is amazing and very unique, as it not only helps street children gain a future but also helps the local community make a difference to their own people by having a child join their family.

Thank you all our RSVP partners who support Tom and sponsor children in his care – you are transforming lives.

RSVP Kenya Mission

28 June – 2nd July 2012

Alison Fenning will be travelling to Nairobi to visit our partners Tom and Anna Abungo, of Kings Connection Ministries in Kenya.

On this trip, Alison will be accompanied by Michelle Smith. They will run a two day “Breakthough” ministry school for leaders in Kibera slum, visit the RSVP child sponsor program and Alison will also be preaching in various locations.

We would really value your prayers for this trip, for health, safety and protection and for all the costs to be met.

(If you would like to help us with this trip you can donate here.)

£80,000+ sent to Africa!

Our amazing RSVP partners and supporters have done it again! We are just working on our 2011 end of year accounts. One figure I always like to see is how much, in total, we sent to Africa for poverty relief.

Well today the figure was calculated and turns out to be a staggering £80,392. That is wonderful! So what did that money do?

It paid for Child Sponsorship for around 300 children – providing a daily meal, schooling, uniform, shoes and medical care. It looked after, fed, educated and clothed 16 children in our House of Mercy orphanage. It bought Gifts of Hope for people in urgent need.

It supported our partners Tom and Anna in Kenya as they minister in the slums of Nairobi.

It helped support the women in the Family Centre in Rwanda and fed hundreds of street children.

It also installed several water wells in Kenya providing clean water for poor communities.

In the current climate, I think this is fantastic. It is an honour to be part of the work of RSVP Trust, as it touches and transforms lives across the world.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed so generously to this life-changing work.