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 The ministry works to prepare specialty ministry teams to go into territories where no one wants to go, and then to tell the Good News. We carry this message through preaching and provision care ministries.

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  Africa 2011 Africa Medical African Team African Safari Rwanda 2004 Uganda 2004 Haiti 2004 Haiti Israel Peru India

 
Pictures say so much more....

Please find submitted above, my photo reports of the various mission trips we are conducting. Again, thank you for your support and I pray that these pictures bring you joy and compassion.

Terry Ruschmeyer, Missionary

 


Uganda: urgent appeal

Half the population of UGANDA is under the age 15. The country is relatively stable after many years of conflict, but children are at risk because of food shortages, displacement of communities, and poor access to health and social services. Large numbers of children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS, as well as being infected and harmed by it in other ways. The number of street children is growing.

The main causes of death among children are malaria, pneumonia and other preventable diseases. The government has spent most of its limited health budget on single issue campaigns, which has left little spare money for developing an integrated and sustainable healthcare system.

LoveGod Outreach International Ministries works to improve children's lives by focusing on health issues including HIV/AIDS, child protection, etc~

Rwanda 10 years on

06/04/2004 Ten years ago this week some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in the genocide that broke out on 6 April, the worst planned ethnic killing since the Holocaust 50 years earlier. The events of 1994 ripped through Rwandan society causing ruptures that last to this day. In the midst of the genocide and the ensuing refugee crises, Rwandan children experienced some of the worst child protection abuses known to humankind.

Ten years on how far have Rwandans come in healing their wounds? What is the humanitarian context in the country today? How have Rwandans tried to reconstruct their lives? We spoke to Save the Children UK’s Programme Director Peter Sykes to find out how children are faring in Rwanda today, and what their prospects are for the future.

The picture is mixed. Great strides have been made in a number of areas – a testament to a deep and widespread desire on the part of citizens and decision-makers to forge a new future for the country. Peace has been achieved within Rwanda’s borders. This has been supported through a multifaceted programme of local elections, the reintegration of refugees and combatants involved in conflicts in neighbouring states, and through a huge push to develop civic education.

Tentative steps have also been made towards reconciliation at local, national, and regional levels, for instance through the efforts of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to prosecute genocidaires and through community-level Gacaca initiatives.

Finally, a desire to rebuild society is clearly in evidence at a community level, perhaps most poignantly displayed by the high numbers of children who were orphaned or living on the street that have now been re-absorbed into community or family care.

However, there is still a long way to go. The indicators for children – who make up 50 per cent of Rwanda’s population - are fairly dire. One million children are orphans, and 200,000 of these are living in child-headed households. With 40,000 children born to HIV-infected mothers every year, numbers of orphans are expected to rise.

The Government has made a commendable effort in the education sector – indeed this could be viewed as one of Rwanda’s greatest achievements over the last decade. An impressive 97.5 per cent of children were enrolled in primary education in 2000, compared with 66 per cent in 1990.

Health services however, have made little headway. While many health clinics that were shattered during the genocide have been rebuilt, fewer are used now than in 1995. The cost of healthcare is out of reach of most people.

Issues relating to the cost of accessing health services also have a direct impact on HIV/AIDS rates, which, if they continue to occur at their present rate, will preclude any hope of real development in Rwanda. In 2001 a staggering 500,000 Rwandans were living with HIV/AIDS, 13 per cent of them children under 15. At present, anti-retroviral drugs for people living with HIV/AIDS are virtually non-existent. Save the Children has identified groups who can work together to try to address prevention strategies in particular relating to protection of vulnerable children, and to promote safe sexual and reproductive health practices.

What does the future hold for Rwandan children? Peace, hopefully, and continued stability. But if the very real needs and concerns of children are to be addressed, then decision-makers must start taking children more seriously. The Government must, as a matter of course, begin to address the specific dynamics of child vulnerability and poverty to factor in the specific needs and rights of children into every aspect of the Government’s response, from planning, to budgeting, to operational delivery.