Chris Hope Rutagengwa
Originally from Starkville Mississippi USA, Hope has lived in Kigali Rwanda since December 2011. She is married to Godfrey Rutagengwa and they have one child, Gatsinzi Bennett Rutagengwa.
“During my first visit to Rwanda in 2009, I met a young lady who was 14 years old, pregnant and scared. She was born of prostitution, and when she turned 12 her mother forced her to start working as a prostitute. This young lady had never attended school. Unfortunately I met many young ladies who were working in prostitution, none of whom had the opportunity to attend school as a child. The Lord made it clear to me that this was a cycle that could be deterred through education and His Love. Thus began the vision of Hagari Rwanda.“
Fred Otieno Onoka
Fred is a Kenyan, living in Kigali Rwanda. He is married to Trizah and they have a handsome young boy named John. A long time staff of Youth With A Mission Kenya, Fred and Trizah moved to Kigali in July 2012 and have been serving Hagari Rwanda faithfully since then.
“Between 2006 and 2009 I made several short term mission trips to Rwanda with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). During my stay in 2009 I met two other YWAMers who were passionate about reaching out to young girls in prostitution. One night we went to streets and met one very special lady. We talked with her for a long time and learned that she had no proper education and extreme poverty led her to work in prostitution. She was twenty-three years old and had a five year old son to take care of. Just a few weeks later we met many more young women in prostitution and their children. I saw the need for these people to experience Christ’s love and my heart was moved.”
Trizah Mutoko Onoka
Trizah is Kenyan and grew up near Nairobi. Since 2012 she has lived with her husband, Fred, in Kigali working with Hagari Rwanda. In 2014 they welcomed their son John. Trizah’s background in marketing gives her insight as she works closely with our ladies to make baskets.
Trizah first visited Rwanda in 2011 with her husband Fred. It was then that she was introduced the work of Hagari Rwanda and understood her husband’s passion to serve women trapped in prostitution and their children. “My initial thought was that my salary from my full time job in Kenya could help send some kids to school. However, the night before I went back to Kenya the Lord spoke to me directing me to quit my job in Kenya and to move to Rwanda to serve these wonderful people.”
Jules Ceasar Mahingo “Kagame“
Kagame was born in Kicuciro, Kigali, in 1998. After finishing Senior 5, he went to Uganda and completed the Discipleship Training School (DTS) with YWAM. He says “I wanted to be close to God and know him more, this is why I did DTS”. After completing DTS he came back to Rwanda and finished his schooling. It is then that he meet Fred, who introduced him to Hagari Rwanda and asked him to volunteer at a camp they were running. He says “I volunteered to help as I wanted to work with children and people in need”. Now all these years he is still working for Hagari, and he continues to serve because “there are many people who need help. I can help encourage and support people who really need help and I can see the impact of what I do.”
Doreen Mutamba “Dory”
Dorine was born in Uganda and started primary in 1989. After completing Secondary 3 (9th grade), Dory moved to Rwanda where she finished her Secondary School and then attended University. While she was working to complete her degree, Dory joined the team at Hagari Rwanda as a part-time tutor, helping the kids with their homework and preparing them to take their exams. In 2017 Dory graduated with a bachelors in banking and finance, and became a full-time staff member with Hagari. “I love what they do here with kids who do not have the opportunity to attend school. I also have a passion for these children, as well as their families on the street.” Dory hopes to continue her education and pursue a Master’s Degree.
Noah was born in the southern province of Rwanda in 1979 and finished primary school near his village. He started secondary school in Butare (now called Huye) but his schooling was interrupted by the genocide. After peace returned he managed to complete secondary school and then started to teach at a primary school. After 18 months he stopped teaching and he heard about YWAM and DTS. In 2006 he finished DTS here in Rwanda and once finished he came straight onto staff here at YWAM Kigali, helping in the DTS program and then finance. In 2010 he left YWAM and did various jobs, but in 2013 he began volunteering with YWAM again and in 2016 completed the School of Biblical Studies. It was after this he joined Hagari fulltime. “I joined Hagari because of the work we do with children born in the street, their vision has impacted my heart. I like working with the people and seeing people’s lives change, especially the children who are at risk.”