Category: people

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.

Meeting at The House of Lords

Alison was invited to speak at a Josephine Butler Society meeting, held at The House of Lords, Westminster. Alison and Beckie traveled down to London earlier this week.

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Alison shared with a group of people about the work the RSVP trust has done with women in the sex industry in Ipswich over the last 9 years. She spoke about how the work began, and how Alison spent a year prayer walking and thinking to get to know the area and the culture before starting.

She shared stories and talked about forming trusting relationships with the women over a long period of time, being there for the women, helping them to invest in their lives, taking them for coffee or to the cinema, organizing teams to help decorate their homes to empower them to help them to value themselves.

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However as society changes the industry alongside it is changing too. This means women are now using the internet to work. Therefore the way the ministry connects with women is changing. Alison spoke about how we are looking to pioneer new ways of ministry to women online, and what that might look like.

It was a great opportunity to connect and network with other people doing similar work around the country. Alison’s words were able to help and inspire so many others giving them hope and faith in the work they are doing.

It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it!

You can watch a short video about the day below

Prayer and support for this ongoing work is so valuable. We really appreciate your support and partnership with us in this ministry.

Thank you!

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!

Sharing a little Easter love

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As part of our Chaplaincy Project at RSVP, this week we have been out seizing the opportunity to take Easter eggs and a little thought for the day to some of the people we work with. We have also spent time praying with them.

Thank you for making it possible for lives to be touched.

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Partnership with Stowmarket Foodbank

RSVP Trust’s Chaplaincy project works alongside vulnerable women and people with addictions.

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Beckie And Alison helped pack up the food parcel this morning at Stowmarket Foodbank.

Our new partnership with Stowmarket Foodbank means we will be able to provide these people with food parcels to make life a little easier for them and their families occasionally.

Today we’ve been able to deliver a food parcel to a struggling young family in Suffolk.

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Foodbank are also able to provide essential items for the men and women we work with who have been rescued from trafficked or exploited situations. We are very happy to be in partnership with a shared vision to be a blessing.


Find RSVP on Facebook here. Find Stowmarket Foodbank on Facebook here.

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.