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Restoring Fatherhood in Rwanda

Many Rwandans are still suffering from the legacy of the genocide with widespread trauma, depression and a large number of widows and orphans. However, as Bishop Emmanuel Ngendahayo of Byumba Diocese recently explained on a visit to our office, the Church is at work building hope and restoring families.

Rwandan women are often responsible for collecting firewood, carrying water and caring for children while the male members of the community fail to play an active role. The Fathers’ Union has been working with men through church home groups to encourage a different model of manhood where men take much more responsibility in their families and in the community.

The Church is also working with young people to offer ways to provide for themselves and make a difference in society. Many youngsters who had lived on the streets, using drugs, are now following a different way of life as the Church has developed sporting, musical and business activities to channel their energies constructively. The government and business people invite young people’s musical groups to perform at their events, affirming their creativity and giving them the chance to earn an income.

Whether working with men, women or young people, the Church is at work in Rwandan community, restoring healthy family relationships and giving people hope and direction.

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