His Imbaraga is slowly but surely coming along. We have had some roadblocks recently like getting kicked out of our house and no longer having leather in Rwanda but you know, ain't nobody got time for that, so we're plowing through those roadblocks like a boss.We now have a new cheaper house and will be getting our leather from Kenya. We also are in the process of creating a website where you will actually be able to buy things! Say wha? And you want to know the best part of purchasing from His Imbaraga? With each product you purchase you are investing in a life. In the next couple of weeks I will be telling you some stories about the these people and why His Imbaraga has chosen to support them. By the end I am hoping you feel just as passionate about making a difference and purchasing with a purpose.
This sweet boys story goes all the way back to July. He was dirty, poorly clothed, with a huge belly, a few blocks from his house, being watched over by strangers. His mother, single with two other children, did not allow Mabula to sleep in the house. The words, "I don't want him" escaped her mouth and broke my heart.
At this point I was still at the orphanage volunteering, essentially feeling useless and a bit lost. Desperately wanting to make a difference, I took Mabula home with me. I gave him a bath, clothed him, and feed him. He watched the Lion King, slept in a real bed, and got plenty of hugs and kisses.
The next day I had to take him back to his mother. His mother, the woman that had raised him for the last 5 years, that claimed that she didn't want him, was who the focus turned to. It was her responsibility and privilege to care for and love her son. So 6 of us crammed into their small house and talked. We came to an agreement that we would bringing her food and soap with the expectation that she would care for her children. Every time that I've gone to visit he has been washed and sleeping in the house.
A few months later His Imbaraga started. The only thing I was sure about was wanting to first help Mabula and his village. As we have grown so have the ideas for how exactly we could do this. Right now our plan looks a little like this: With each crossbody sold you will be feeding a person at our program. Once a week we will go into Gisenyi feed, worship, and play together. The program will look very similar to that of Amazima.
Business is not my passion. Loving the least of these is, and that is exactly what His Imbaraga is all about. We celebrate that fact that we have the resources and opportunity to give back and we thank you coming along side of us and making it possible.