Hope For Life was inspired by a trip to Kigali, Rwanda in 2008. While completing an internship, Hilliary Anderson and Megan Swanson met a group of local street children whom they befriended. When 11 of their new friends were arrested in August 2008 simply because they were considered a nuisance as street children, they teamed up with Chantal Umutesi and the search began for an organization that could advocate for their release and care for them full time. However, as no existing organizations were able to partner with us, in response to the urgent needs of the children, Hope For Life was formed as a grassroots organization.
Hope For Life Ministry (HFLM) is a multi-faceted Christian organization in Kigali, Rwanda. Our aim is to transform the lives of vulnerable children living on the streets and their families, through sharing the gospel, discipleship, counseling, basic care, and the resources to break the chains of poverty. We are focused on holistic and long-term care that will allow for emotional, relational and spiritual healing to take place in each child or youth.
Our organization runs five key program areas, including: a rehabilitative center, family empowerment, child sponsorships, outreach, and equipping nationals.
HFLM is unique in its ability to provide for the immediate needs of street children along with addressing the barriers inhibiting them from returning to life with their families. HFLM intentionally differentiates itself from more common institutions known for much higher number of children-to-caregiver ratio. We focus on providing a small and family-oriented transitional environment for our residents in our rehabilitation center. We continue to successfully integrate our boys into their biological and adoptive families.