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Mother's Day 2021 Gift Guide

Mother's Day 2021 Gift Guide

It’s time to show all the mothers - and mother figures - some love! While they deserve more than just a day of appreciation, we are grateful for this designated time to celebrate them and express our gratitude for all they do. To help you brainstorm gifts for all the special women in your life, we’ve put together a gift guide full of ideas! And with products made by skilled artisans - many of whom are mothers! - she’ll love the product, the story it tells, and the impact behind the purchase.       (AT HOME) SPA DAY ESSENTIALS Gift her...

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A Place of Hope: Dreams for the Will Barnhill Counseling Center

A Place of Hope: Dreams for the Will Barnhill Counseling Center

As we near the end of our Building on Hope fundraiser, we wanted to share a bit more about some of our 2021 goals for our counseling program!   In the first blog of our Building on Hope blog series we introduced you all to our 2021 goals for the counseling program. The second blog focused on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and the lingering trauma that has occurred as a result. The third blog featured counseling testimonies from our staff, and in the fourth piece, we discussed the lay counselor training program.   As we near the end...

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Constructing Community Change: The Lay Counselor Training Program

Constructing Community Change: The Lay Counselor Training Program

  We’ve been offering individual and group counseling services to all Handspun Hope staff since 2012, and the transformations that have taken place as a result have been incredible. In 2013, as our staff continued to experience emotional and psychological transformations, word spread about the counseling program and we started receiving requests from individuals asking how they could receive the same support. And in 2014, during the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, it became even more apparent just how many Rwandans were still struggling and reliving the atrocities that occurred. We realized just how necessary it...

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Knitting Stories of Hope: The Impact of Handspun Hope’s Counseling Program

Knitting Stories of Hope: The Impact of Handspun Hope’s Counseling Program

  Through a holistic and transformational work environment, our goal as a ministry is to transform lives. Many of the women working for Handspun Hope have suffered from traumatic loss, HIV/AIDS, and marginalization in their own communities. We believe true transformation can only come through relationship with Jesus Christ. We also believe that everyone can be transformed into healed individuals who can care for themselves and their families. Because of this, our counseling program has a critical role in our holistic care model. This program allows us to provide our staff with the tools, support and community to help our...

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International Day of Reflection on the Genocide against the Tutsi

International Day of Reflection on the Genocide against the Tutsi

April 7th. An Important day for Rwanda and the international community as it is International Day of Reflection on the Genocide against the Tutsi. It also marks the beginning of a national mourning period where Rwandans remember the loved ones lost and grieve the atrocities that occurred. This year we commemorate 27 years since the gruesome events that took place in 1994.   We know this is an especially difficult time of year for those who lost loved ones, those who suffered the unthinkable and those experiencing trauma as a result of the events that transpired. And as we kickoff...

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