In 2002, while volunteering at a Orphanage of 100 boys, Ezra Kwizera, and his wife Mona, “felt a call to minister to the orphans of the 1994 Genocide to hopefully prevent them from becoming another army seeking revenge.”  Many widows of the genocide brought their children to orphanages with hopes of giving them a better life than they felt they could provide – food, clothing, medical care, schooling.  “To keep families together is very important to us,” says Ezra.  With that goal in mind, in 2005 Ezra and Mona started a sewing school for widows with young children, and a program to assist them with such basic needs as housing, food, clothes, and school fees and supplies. “We would much rather see these children stay with their mothers and assist the whole family to have a better life.”

Sewing woman, photo #1

The sewing school gives these women hope, as well as a way to support their families. The school is free, including all supplies.  Ezra’s passion for these women and children is unyielding. “Our goal,” he says, “ is to assist them in finding a profitable way sell the clothes they sew.  Hopefully one way will be to export them, some how.”

Sewing woman, photo #2, 09-28-07

Sewing woman, photo #3, 09-28-07

If not for Ezra and Mona, this child would probably be an orphan. Now she comes with her mom to the sewing school.

Child of sewing mother, 09-28-07

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