About Solace Ministries
Many doubted the existence of God during the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. Others whose faith was challenged believed He had abandonned them and the country of Rwanda in general.
The majority of victims and survivors alike cried out to Him until the last minute before they were killed or to the time of deliverance.
No doubt they met Him either on this side or on the other side of this life – they are the Living Testimonies of the Living God. Those who were killed died with hope, those who survived experienced the faithfulness to His promises...
Solace Ministries is a Rwandan, Christian, non-political, non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of widows and orphans of the 1994 Tutsi Genocide.
Solace was started in 1995 by a survivor of the genocide, Jean Gakwandi, whose Christian faith compels him to serve others as a means to serving God.
The first step in the healing process is to listen to survivors, comforting them. The healing process unfolds over years. Solace Ministries is committed to a holistic process involving community development, medical care, education, and employment for those who are physically able.
Organized into sixty Solace communities throughout Rwanda, ranging in size from fifty members to several hundreds, the goal of Solace Ministries is to become an alternative family for survivors, restoring their dignity and creating networks of support for individuals who are traumatized, lonely, poor, and desiring hope as they confront an uncertain future.