"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world" James 1:27
Mission24's heart is not only to reach out to the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but to also be a people who are merciful and compassionate to all, in obedience to the Word of God. The Lifelink Project was founded in 2013 in response to the call of God on our hearts to be a light in the darkness in all things. This initiative is funded by Mission24, but partnered and implemented by the wonderful team from the Peace & Development Network in Rwanda. Mission24 seek to maintain strong links and an overview of the ministry at all times.
Rwanda is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 167 out of 186 countries on the UN’s development index. Rwandan parents view education as the only hope for a bright future for their children, and although primary school education is free for all children, most parents cannot provide the materials for them to go to school. Rwanda's educated population tend to live in the townships, however, those without an education live in remote areas, often in situations of extreme poverty.
It is a sad fact that less than 15% of children are enrolled in preschool and kindergarten, and only 37% of those enrolled actually graduate from primary school. Less than 15% will go on to secondary school
The project is currently supporting 20 children with £10 per month, which provides school fees, books and uniforms, and 5 widows with £200 per year over a period of 3 years, to set up and maintain a sustainable business which provides a regular income. The project also helps to fund other needs for orphans who have dropped out of school, or are struggling to meet the educational requirements.
We are in ever great need of help to ensure that these widows and children are provided for, giving them the opportunity to stand on their own two feet. Will you help us, by sponsoring one of our children or widows today?
Who can you sponsor?
Annet is new to the programme and is 5 years old. She lives with her Mum, Rama, who is a single parent. Her father abandoned Rama and Anett soon after she was born, leaving them to fend for themselves. Annet is studying with the kindergarten class of three-year old’s as she is two years behind with her education and development due to the lack of money to pay for tuition.Find out more
Zoe is 9 years old and goes to a large school of 3000 children. She lives with her Mum, who is a single parent, and has no contact with her natural father who abandoned them some years ago.Find out more
Noella was the second child to join the Linklink programme 6 years ago, and is now 13 years old. She is preparing for her National exam next year and is receiving coaching at £2.61 per month. Noella is late taking the exam as she has often been absent from school due to health issues.Find out more
Emmanuelle is now aged 11 and lives with his mum who is also a single parent. He is doing well in school although he sometimes misses classes as he struggles to help his two brothers care for his Mum who suffers with mental illness. There is still a great stigma attached to mental illness in outlying parts of Rwanda, and because of this the whole family are subjected to harassment by the neighbouring families. Emmanuelle is very sensitive, and finds this upsetting.Find out more
Rehema is now aged 10 and has been with the program for two years. Her name in Kinyarwandan means ‘The one who is blessed’. She lives with her Mum, who is a single parent as her father left soon after she was born. She has had no contact with him. Her Mum is a laundry woman, however the income is intermittent. Without support from Life link she would struggle to keep Rehema in school and she feels that this is her own chance to find a better way of life.Find out more
Moise, who prefers to be called Moses is now 13 years old. He was the very first Life Link child and has been with the program for 6 years. He is very bright, likeable bubbly and articulate and top of his class in all subjects. Moses dreams of working in the Government as a Minister.Find out more
Mercy is 12 years and he prefers to be called Miracle. He is now 12 years old and is doing well in school. Miracle lives with his Mum who is also a single parent, having no contact with His biological father who left them some years ago,providing no financial support.Find out more
Jeane is a widow with four children, who was funded by Lifelink to buy material and a sewing machine. She makes a living by making and selling handbags and shopping bags of high quality. Jeane is a talented seamstress and Lifelink are partnering with her as they seek to evaluate the potential of setting up a sewing school within the community.Find out more
Joyce was one of the first widows helped by Life link. From the Tutsi tribe, and married in 1994, she very painfully witnessed the killing of both her husband and children during the Genocide. Following this, Joyce was taken captive and repeatedly beaten and raped, contracting HIV as a result. Joyce now suffers with cancer of the womb, which is believed to be as a result of the repeated rape.Find out more
Hope and Faith Nursery - Byumba
Hope and Faith Nursery is run by Pastor Andre Hakizimana of the Church of faith in Rwanda (CFR). Pastor Andre is also a part of Ten by Ten, a Christian organization started by the Pastors of ten different churches, who collaborated to train up a further ten Pastors to send out evangelising and caring for widows, orphans and children from single parent families. The organisation is still expanding as more churches get involved. Our Lifelink representative Gilbert works for Ten by Ten.Find out more
What Can You Do To Help?
Lifelink could not continue to support the dreams of these women and children without your help, so if any of these stories have touched your heart, please do consider sponsoring them. We will endeavour to send you regular updates and photos about your sponsor, so that you can begin to build a relationship with them. Alternatively, we would be grateful for any donations too.
All monies donated to Lifelink, will be used only for the purposes of Lifelink. Please ensure that if making a donation, you reference it as "Lifelink".
Thanking you for your prayers and support.
The Lifelink Project Team