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Graduates from HOPE’s Kelly Drader Longview Training Centre have been busily producing stunning, vibrant, unique masks for the Paul Hardy Mask Project. Over 3,000 masks created out of joyful, colourful African kitenge have been shipped to Canada for sale internationally! (See below for the link to Paul’s website to order yours.) And as promised, for every mask made, a mask was created to be given to a local, as all Rwandans required are by law to wear a mask in public. (Please, see the previous post about distribution of the "Give One" masks.) So, our ladies made over 6,000 masks in just 5 weeks!

This has proven to be the most fabulous opportunity for our ladies to learn production line assembly and advanced textile skills! Confidence has grown as they acquired new skills and became more proficient tailors. And when it finally sunk in that their products were being exported to and sold in Canada, they were so proud of themselves! The ladies began to believe there was nothing they couldn’t do.

Hope has been restored and the ladies are dreaming again! Some imagined returning to school, while others saw investing in their own businesses. Saving has become a new habit – they now have money to save and they have something to save for!

Truly these women have been empowered through this opportunity.

100% of the proceeds will go to sustaining this women’s business initiative and raising funds for HOPE’s new school and residences.


Website: https://paulhardydesign.com

Facebook: Paul Brian Hardy

Instagram: Paulhardyinc

In response to hunger in urban Kigali exacerbated by COVID-19, HOPE offered a feeding program in its neighbourhood of Gahanga. For the 12 consecutive days, graduates of Iwacu HOPE Home served their neighbours and have come to know them more intimately than ever before. For not only did the feed 100 hungry children per day, but they also engaged with and encouraged their parents.

As it is mandatory to wear masks in Rwanda, outside the home, and many cannot afford such a luxury, our HOPE Home graduates also presented masks to participants, both parents and children. These beautiful masks were created by the graduates of HOPE's Kelly Drader Longview Training Centre for Paul Hardy's “Buy One; Give One!” project. Needless to say, these masks will grant them much more freedom of movement and permit easier engagement in every aspect of daily life.

June 1st marks the beginning of the Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

Each dollar you donate to Hopethiopia during the month of June equals one ballot in the drawing for $20,000.

Winning this prize would secure the sponsorship of 14 women in our textile schools, 7 in both Rwanda & Ethiopia.

So please HELP US WIN! Donate using the link below!


Thanks Ashley Smith, for sharing this fabulous image! #givingchallenceca #hopethiopia #hopethiopiarwanda#tailoringschool #sewingschool #textileschool #glorytogod#helpuswin

If you are interested in learning more or in partnering with HOPE to empower these youth and children, feel free to contact us for more information.



T: + 1 403 242 9771 (Canada)

T: +250 788 355 331 (Rwanda)

E: info@hopethiopia.com

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