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Earlier this year, 11 cyclists from Northern Ireland, along with others from around the UK, embarked on a gruelling ride across Rwanda to raise £50k for Tearfund.

Earlier this year, 11 cyclists from Northern Ireland, along with others from around the UK, embarked on a gruelling ride across Rwanda to raise £50k for Tearfund.

One of them was Ian Causebrook, a keen cyclist and Tearfund’s Strategy Director.

One of them was Ian Causebrook, a keen cyclist and Tearfund’s Strategy Director.

Ian met Anastasia, who lives in Eastern Rwanda with her husband and four children. Anastasia told Ian about the 1994 Genocide which claimed the lives of over one million people in just 100 days.

‘It destroyed everything, including relationships,’ Anastasia said. ‘I did not have peace in my heart.’

Ian met Anastasia, who lives in Eastern Rwanda with her husband and four children. Anastasia told Ian about the 1994 Genocide which claimed the lives of over one million people in just 100 days.

‘It destroyed everything, including relationships,’ Anastasia said. ‘I did not have peace in my heart.’

Anastasia’s family used to live on just one meal a day. ‘We did not have enough to eat. My children were under-nourished and were always sick. 'I had no hope’, she said.

Anastasia’s family used to live on just one meal a day. ‘We did not have enough to eat. My children were under-nourished and were always sick. 'I had no hope’, she said.

‘But after joining my local self-help group, I was able to start living with others in harmony. This helped me overcome despair. My heart was at peace...that is what the work of God does to you.

People have reconciled, perpetrators have asked for forgiveness and they were forgiven.’

‘But after joining my local self-help group, I was able to start living with others in harmony. This helped me overcome despair. My heart was at peace...that is what the work of God does to you.

People have reconciled, perpetrators have asked for forgiveness and they were forgiven.’

In the self-help group, Anastasia also learned about hygiene, saving, and how to run a business. She was able to take out a small loan and started to build a business: first farming maize, then taking care of animals and selling their produce.

In the self-help group, Anastasia also learned about hygiene, saving, and how to run a business. She was able to take out a small loan and started to build a business: first farming maize, then taking care of animals and selling their produce.

‘My cow produced a bull which I sold and bought a piece of land near on which I have planted banana trees’, she proudly told Ian.

‘My cow produced a bull which I sold and bought a piece of land near on which I have planted banana trees’, she proudly told Ian.

Now, Anastasia can afford health insurance and school fees for all her children. They eat twice a day.

‘I am happier and I have hope, which is why I have put on more weight.’

Now, Anastasia can afford health insurance and school fees for all her children. They eat twice a day.

‘I am happier and I have hope, which is why I have put on more weight.’

Anastasia told Ian she dreams of buying a motorcycle to bring her farmed goods to local markets. ‘My future is full of hope!’

Anastasia told Ian she dreams of buying a motorcycle to bring her farmed goods to local markets. ‘My future is full of hope!’

Could you help more people like Anastasia move from a cycle of despair to a cycle of hope?

Could you help more people like Anastasia move from a cycle of despair to a cycle of hope?

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