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What does hope look like?

This is Neema.   She lives with her mother in Rutemba village which is next to the land in DRCongo where we are building a training centre. She is eight years old and cares for her little brother on her … Continue reading

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just saying

Just saying..despite the challenges that are occurring due to political issues, I am very thankful to be living in this area of Africa. I wish I could take a picture that would capture all the colour, sounds, beauty and challenges … Continue reading

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Pressing On

We are still here! I have not written in this blog since April, not knowing how to communicate the sense of sadness and anger at the injustice I see all around me this year.  It didn’t seem helpful to share … Continue reading

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Perspective 2

The youngest children in New Hope Centre Rwanda.   Albert  Einstein said…… There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Your perspective is … Continue reading

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A New Normal!

It has been a challenge to know what to write since the last post. Life has taken on what many of us are calling a “new normal”. The crisis in Burundi continues and is becoming increasingly worse. Almost nightly there … Continue reading

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Looking beyond.

Looking to the future, beyond the present crisis in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa …we stand in faith. We cannot change what has and is happening in the area of Africa we live and work in.  To believe God … Continue reading

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Like many thousands of people these dear ones have moved from Burundi to a safer place during the crisis here. We are thankful to you who contributed to this move for the children and mamas we help care for.  Unlike … Continue reading

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Burundi at the edge of war? by Archie Henry

Originally posted on Contact Dispatch:
After 2 months of pre-election violence—street battles between protesters and security forces, grenade attacks, assassinations of political opponents, retaliation killings of ruling party militiamen, intimidation of independent media and civil society activists, a failed coup…

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What about Congo?

Inspite of us being isolated in Burundi during this crisis progress continues over the border in Congo. The foundation for one building on the new land is finished.  Cement is purchased for transport to the high plateau so the school for Emmanuel … Continue reading

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Times like these!

Bombs, Birds and Bougainvillea As we are finding ourselves in the middle of a crisis here in this beautiful country of Burundi, the reality of what is happening around us messes with my head and emotions. Last week amidst military … Continue reading

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