Improving the Lives of Street Children and Vulnerable Women
Peace House Ministries is a project of Africa Transformation Network – Rwanda’s Family and Community Development Program. The program is dedicated to improving the lives of children living on the streets in Kigali, Rwanda. Peace House Ministries seeks out lost children who have been forced to the streets because of poverty, neglect, and abuse. Through patient compassion and determined love, we do our best to reconcile these lost children back to their Creator, to their families, and to themselves. God is writing a beautiful story in the lives of countless young men and women and their families. Lives are being changed. Many are choosing to become disciples of Jesus. Broken things are being restored. The lost are being found. The hungry have food. Kids have shoes. The Kingdom is coming. We are so excited about the transformation that is taking place all around us! As we partner with God to bring his Kingdom to Earth, we want to ask if you would consider partnering with us. There are so many good things to be done and our project has many opportunities to bring the Kingdom to Earth.
Our vision is to see kingdom communities of obedient disciples who transform and redeem Rwanda. We desire to see God’s Kingdom come through reconciled relationships that have been broken because of injustice and the hopelessness that poverty so often brings. The Kingdom of God takes broken things and makes them new. We have seen in so many ways the in-breaking of the Kingdom through the lives of these children and their families who once were alienated from one another. Because of God’s power, we are seeing reconciliation occur. The Kingdom is coming one child, one family at at time.
The Peace House Program served Rwandan Street Children through the Peace House Center, the Peace House Day Program and the Peace House Girls Program
Peace House Began with Five Boys
The Peace House opened its doors to the first five boys on November 2, 2010. Today, there are 12 boys living at our transition house and God continues to amaze us by the changes we see in the lives of these young men!
The Peace House is a transition house, meaning that the boys who come to stay there cannot remain permanently. The government of Rwanda has a policy of reintegrating vulnerable children back to their families or to another long-term placement. We share the same goal. We have identified family members for all of our boys and are working closely with the boys and their families towards reintegration. The boys in our Peace House program are amazing! They continue to finish at the top of their classes at school, draw rave reviews from teachers and other outside observers, and are becoming leaders.
Disciples Making Disciples
The first seven boys at Peace House made the decision to become disciples of Jesus and are now disciplining other street boys through our day program. The changes that have happened in their lives are staggering. Two years ago, they were fighting for survival on the streets. Today, they are polite, engaging young men with a bright future, both in this world and in the Kingdom of God! We are so proud of our Peace House boys!
Peace House Transition Home Support
The boys living at Peace House are on their way to a different life. Your monthly contribution of $100.00 a month helps us provide food, clothes, a bed to sleep on, and the chance to go back to school. Your donation gives us the opportunity to change how the boys see themselves and how their families see them. More than anything, the boys have the chance to discover who God thinks they are. Thank you for making an investment in their lives that will last forever!
Discipline, Integrity, Creativity and Community
Each week the boys can participate in different programs, all designed to teach discipline, integrity, and creativity. They also have the opportunity to experience what a Kingdom community is like. Each boy is involved in a Discovery Bible Study group led by one of the Peace House boys or one of our staff members. They have the opportunity to worship, to learn about God, and to discover how He feels about them.
Peace House Vulnerable Women’s Program: Serving Women Living in Extreme Vulnerability
We are very excited to see the beginning of our vulnerable women’s program! It is something we have been praying about for a long time and now God has allowed us to begin serving women who are living in extreme vulnerability. This phase of our program is more complicated than working with boys because many of the women who have been forced to the streets are involved in prostitution.
Our women’s program seeks to serve young women between the ages of 15-25 who are involved in prostitution or are considered extremely vulnerable (those who might be forced into prostitution). Not all are ready to leave their old way of life. But some are. We are looking for those who desire something different. The women’s program will be heavily centered around trades training and education.
We are discovering that most of these young women have a place to live but have no education or skills training that are needed to leave the streets. As they come to our day center, they receive training in our income-generating projects. They will become a part of a Kingdom community of people who love and accept them. They will discover a different way. We are already witnessing tremendous change in the lives of these young ladies! You can sponsor a young lady as she works hard to change her life.
Focus on Community, Training and Education
The vulnerable women’s program will be heavily centered around trades training and education. We are discovering that most girls have a place to live but have no education or skills training that are needed to leave the streets. We are currently in the process of launching a day program for young women. As they come to our day center, they will receive training in our income-generating projects. They will become a part of a Kingdom community of people who love and accept them. They will receive counseling and care to help them work through the trauma of their young lives. They will eat together and play together. They will discover a different way.