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Article: Celebrating 15 Years of Amani ya Juu: Words from the Women

Celebrating 15 Years of Amani ya Juu: Words from the Women

Celebrating 15 Years of Amani ya Juu: Words from the Women

Monique Mukuninwa  Where are you from?      Congo
How long have you been at Amani?      5 years
What is your role at Amani?      Production
What has changed the most since you arrived?      I have got the heart of charity to help everybody I know. I have learnt that all the people are the same. I have learnt sewing skills. I have grown spiritually.
 
Monique
What has been the most important lesson you have learned throughout your time at Amani?      To know more about God and how to forgive others.
What are you most thankful for connected to Amani?      I get my basic needs, and if I have any problem or a broken heart they calm me down.
What is your prayer for the Amani family?      That God would continue to bless them so that they may help others who are in need. .
 
Joyce
What is your name?       Joyce Kadeisia Jackson
Where are you from?       Kenya
How long have you been at Amani?       3 years
What is your role at Amani? Cafe
What has changed the most since you arrived?      The Amani family has grown.  When I came there were few ladies but now we have increased.
What has been the most important lesson you have learned throughout your time at Amani?      When I arrived at Amani I was down spiritually and financially. My heart was heavy thinking that the Lord had forgotten me. Through daily prayers and testimonies at Amani, I slowly began to realize that God is still with me, and that my situation is not amongst the worst. .
What are you most thankful for connected to Amani?      I have really developed my skills in baking.
What is your prayer for the Amani family?      I pray, as Jabez prayed in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, that God would expand our territory. I hope that God’s hand and favor will be upon us as we work.  .
Maria
What is your name?      Maria Mukanirijira
Where are you from?      Rwanda
How long have you been at Amani?      4 years
What is your role at Amani? Tie & Dye
What has changed the most since you arrived?      I am not the miserable woman who first joined Amani. I joined Amani after fleeing my country, becoming a refugee in Kenya, and losing my husband. Then I got sick right after my husband’s death, and this made my children think they were going to be orphans. All these things led me to be extremely discouraged. But, through daily prayers and devotions, and support both financially and emotionally, I received much encouragement from the Amani family. I knew that the Lord had brought me to the right place.
What has been the most important lesson you have learned throughout your time at Amani?       I have learned how to work with different kinds of people from different countries.
What are you most thankful for connected to Amani?      When I am at Amani, I feel like I am in the family. I am not lonely.
What is your prayer for the Amani family?      For God to continue blessing Amani as it has really helped many ladies with different kind of problems.  .
Melanie
What is your name?      Melanie Nyiraneza
Where are you from?      Rwanda
How long have you been at Amani?      7 years
What is your role at Amani? Production
What has changed the most since you arrived?      I have been blessed as I have grown both financially and physically. I am not the way I was before I came.
Melanie
What has been the most important lesson you have learned throughout your time at Amani?      I have learned what it is to work together in peace and harmony.      It is amazing that women from different countries and background can work together in peace.
What are you most thankful for connected to Amani?      I am thankful for the skills I have gotten.  Out of this I am able to provide basic needs for my family (food, rent, school fees).
What is your prayer for the Amani family?      That there would be a great extension so that it can help many women who are unable to survive. .
Judy
What is your name?      Judith Otalo
Where are you from?       Kenya
How long have you been at Amani?      10 years
What is your role at Amani? Procurement Officer
What has changed the most since you arrived?      My life in general. It has especially changed socially. When I came to Amani, I had been sick for almost a year and a half. The sickness had made me unable to associate with people well. Amani has made me get along with people from different walks of life. They have been understanding, encouraging & accepting to me. Now, through my work here at Amani, I get to interact with many different kinds of people.
Judy
What has been the most important lesson you have learned throughout your time at Amani?      The value of relating with different kinds of people. How to live and work peacefully with others. I have also learned the value of forgiveness and reconciliation.
What are you most thankful for connected to Amani?      The love, care, and concern we all have for each other.
What is your prayer for the Amani family?      Amani to continue reaching out for those who are in need and help them build their lives again.

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