Solace Ministries is a Rwandan charitable organization established by Jean Gakwandi in July 1996 following the Genocide of 1994, and has a vision to comfort widows and orphans.
Today, the survivors of the war and genocide are still struggling to re-establish their lives. Hundreds of widows and orphans have been comforted and given a restored desire to live through the work and projects of Solace Ministries. Hundreds of others have overcome feelings of hatred, anger and resentment. Most of the beneficiaries of Solace Ministries have lost their entire families but have come to find an alternative family through the large family at Solace Ministries.
We have a holistic approach to meeting the needs of the widows and orphans; these include Counseling & Evangelism, Childcare & Development, HIV/AIDS & Health programs, Farming associations and Supportive programs (seminars & workshops).
The vision of Solace Ministries is to comfort traumatized widows and orphans of genocide and war and other hurting people such as those living with HIV/AIDS, to give them the restored desire to live and to bring them to overcome feelings of despair, loneliness, hatred, anger and resentment in obedience to Isaiah 40:1 which says comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
The specific objectives are:
– To overcome trauma through Christian counseling
– To meet their spiritual needs with a Christian care and love, personal and group evangelism
– To meet their physical needs with supportive programs
– To provide facilities where they can meet in fellowship and share their feelings
– To restore the awareness of rights and opportunity through advocacy for orphans and widows through reconciliation and unity program
Our projects are all aimed at improving the lives of widows and orphans and in turn the country as a whole. Solace Ministries intends for the projects to be pragmatic, exciting, informing and a pre-cursor to similar projects like these being developed in more areas of Rwanda and hopefully other African countries.
Solace Ministries receives significant international development assistance, particularly through its partnerships with Comfort Rwanda, Drop Inn Ministries, Jubilee Action, MFB, ORA International, Imbuto Foundation, Solace Austria, Solace Deutschland, Solace UK, Solace USA, SURF, and an array of churches and of friends.