These students have big dreams but there are still some barriers in the way. While they now have the sewing skills they need, they don’t yet have sewing machines.
This tiny country in the heart of Africa has seen more than it’s share of hard times. 20 years after the genocide that devastated the nation and shocked the world, millions of families are still struggling to put back the pieces of their shattered lives. The pain and trauma suffered by an entire nation still lingers in everyday life. We are amazed and inspired by the strength and perseverance that we witness on a daily basis in this incredible place. City of Joy Rwanda aims to educate, empower and equip the members of our community so that their futures may be brighter than their pasts.
We are located in a rural village outside of the town of Gatagara (about 2 hours south of the capitol, Kigali). We moved here permanently from Phoenix, AZ in May of 2010 and our Ministry was officially founded in February of 2011. We’ve since had 2 children, Ella and Zeb, both born here in Rwanda. It is our great honor to do the Work that we do here, none of which would be possible without the generous support of donors like you. Thank you for visiting our site and thank you for supporting our efforts to bring meaningful change to Rwanda!
-Todd & Andria Ellingson