About Solace Ministry
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.Isaiah 40:1
Solace was started by a Rwandan survivor of the genocide, Jean Gakwandi and his wife Viviane in 1995 in response to the overwhelming needs of those affected by the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi people.
The vision came from the call in Isaiah 401:1 “Comfort, comfort my people” as a response to long and agonizing prayers over the unimaginable suffering and trauma of the remnants of the pogrom that took over one million of people. The call was confirmed by the fact that we have also been comforted in order to comfort others (2Cor.1: 3-5). Widows and orphans were the prime beneficiaries who necessitated a holistic approach for a proper healing.
They were stripped of everything and their loved ones and some of them were literally alone. Sorrow, pain, anger, resentment and also poverty were the everyday ordeal. Soon, the ministry was extended to other hurting people (such as victims of HIV/AIDS). Solace Ministries came as an alternative family and every new beneficiary and staff member becomes a part of the extended family that makes up Solace Ministries.
Over the years Solace has developed new priorities in order to meet the needs of its beneficiaries in a more holistic manner.
Currently Solace has six main programs which include:
- Counseling and Outreach
- Children’s Care and Development
- Community Based Development
- Health and Relief
- Capacity Building
- Research and Documentation
Solace Ministries has opted to comfort people with an approach based on biblical counseling. It is the only way to offer a lasting consolation and healing with Jesus Christ as the centre.
Through its flagship programs, Solace continues to deal with the psychological and emotional trauma that some widows and orphans are still going through. These programs include offering group and individual counseling, helping survivors organize themselves, assisting survivors as they exhume and give proper burials to loved ones and offering emergency assistance to those in extreme need. Many survivors are still in extreme need of assistance many years after the Genocide.
9 AM–4:45 PM,
Kigali City , 0000
available 24 hours a day
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