39% of Rwandans live below the poverty line, subsisting on less than $1.25 per day. Women make up the majority of this population, stuck in a poverty cycle brought on by a lack of education and challenging life situations. Many are HIV-positive, single parenting, widowed, or living in abusive situations (or emerging from them), and all are striving to better themselves and their families’ lives without access to the tools and skills that would help them do so.
The New Life Family Center offers a one-year vocational training program that provides employable skills in sewing or cosmetology, and childcare for children, all infused with Christian discipleship. Each year this program moves 80-95 women and 40 of their young children toward a better life.
Feeding the Mind
The vocational training programs equips women to leave poverty through the opportunity to learn a trade in sewing or cosmetology, and marketable skills for future employment.
Feeding the Spirit
While a marketable skill is the first priority of the vocational programs, women rising out of challenging life situations need more. They and their families need encouragement to look to the future with hope. Discipleship, counseling, prayer, and weekly devotions are an ongoing part of the programs. This emphasis on faith and Christian principles results in many women giving their lives to Christ each year and experiencing a hope for the future that may once have been unimaginable.
Feeding the Body
Monday through Thursday, every woman attending the Family Center receives a nutritionally-sound lunch. For many women, this is their only reliable meal each day. Children attending the Dream Daycare also receive lunch and a daily multi-vitamin to counter malnutrition.
Graduates of Africa New Life’s vocational training program are successful. Many women go on to start their own independent businesses in Kigali, and others are employed throughout the city. 71% of 2019 Dream Beauty Academy graduates were hired into their field within a month of their graduation. Independent research conducted on the classes of 2005-2018 reported the average New Life Family Center graduate triples her monthly income with her new skills. Click the video below to hear the story of a woman who started her own sewing co-op with her fellow graduates.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our women’s programs are on hold. With ordinary resources and jobs currently unavailable, families are struggling to gain access to food to feed their families. We are providing the women in our New Life Family Center with emergency food relief and spiritual support while they are unable to attend our vocational classes, and you can help make this possible for as long as the crisis lasts with a gift to the program. Click below to support the New Life Family Center!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The New Life Family Center (NLFC) is the home for three programs operated by Africa New Life Ministries in Kigali, Rwanda:
- The Vocational Sewing Program
- The Dream Beauty Academy
- The Dream Daycare
Each of these programs supports vulnerable women in the Kigali area by equipping them with marketable skills, business education, and weekly Bible studies. Daycare is offered at no cost for children 18 months and above during classes to make it possible for the women to attend. To learn more about a specific program, please click their names above!
The NLFC operates from January until early December. Courses are a year in length. Trainees graduate each December and a new class enters each January.
A scholarship is a gift of education, discipleship, and nurturing to especially vulnerable Rwandan women and their families. Programs are offered at a nominal charge to the women, and external support is necessary to keep the Center open. Your monthly or one time gift is a donation to help cover the costs of materials, teacher’s salary, daycare, and more. It supports the NLFC and connects you with a specific woman to pray and journey with. You’ll receive photo and letter updates from the woman while supporting the Center.
The cost of one woman’s attendance is $1,800 per year. Scholarships may be provided as a one time gift of any amount, or a monthly pledge in increments of $25/month.
To provide a scholarship, please visit www.africanewlife.org/scholarship and read the stories of a few women in this year’s class. To make a one time or set up a reoccurring donation, click the name of the woman you’d like to journey with this year and follow the prompts.
Your scholarship supports NLFC, and while you do have the opportunity to connect with a specific woman, it does not allocate for her attendance. Because of this, your donations are beneficial at any time!