Stories for Hope Life Melodies



Over 500 Rwandans who participated in Stories For Hope tell us they are more hopeful after dialogues with elders. But hope is not an action plan, especially if you are an orphan due to violent loss. To prepare orphans to transition into their adult lives, in a new initiative we are teaching basic business skills to a group of young people about to leave the security of a protected village/orphanage

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Orphans in Rwanda inherit a formidable legacy of violence, trauma, and loss. Emotional & physical health includes knowing where you come from--culturally & personally--and benefiting from positive advice from elders. But it ALSO includes having the skills to be financially independent and be able to give back to the community. Orphans, especially, need basic business skills to find a job, start a business, or apply for more education and training.

How will this project solve this problem?

In our previous and still ongoing initiative, we train counselors how to elicit untold stories & strengths through storytelling dialogues between a young person & chosen elder. Our goal is emotional healing and a firm identity, particularly among the most vulnerable, like female orphans and sons of perpetrators. In our NEWEST initiative, we are training orphans in basic business skills as a way of helping to ensure their survival in early adulthood.

Potential Long Term Impact

Rwanda is training and educating more and more eager young people. However, jobs are still scarce. Unemployed youth become restless and easily demoralized. It is imperative they know how to self-start and survive. Dialogues with elders also help. The more known about the positive values in your family and culture, the more choices you have about how to follow positively in your ancestors' footsteps. Using radio and print journalism, we broadcast examples of this to millions in rural areas.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $3,370

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $3,370 .  The original project funding goal was $8,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Patricia Pasick

Ann Arbor, MI United States

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