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As part of Thistle Farms' goal to network globally with organizations committed to women's freedom, a group from the Thistle Farms and Magdalene community will travel to Rwanda for 10 days on April 20th. Our goal is to meet women who have survived lives of abuse and prostitution through a couple of non-profits in Rwanda. We will meet women from a number of villages under the direction of Dr. Brigitte Kitenge. Additionally, we hope to assist Sisters of Rwanda, and their director Jared Miller, in Kigali in their own entrepreneurial venture of making soap and candles.

We began making plans for the trip in November and ask for your prayers and support as our trip approaches. This trip combines the desire I have had to take women from this community to Africa for years with my desire to see Rwanda and what we can do to help. I think this will be the first of several trips to this amazing country. The women making this first journey are Katrina Davidson and Regina Mullins, graduates and employees of Magdalene and Thistle Farms; Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms; Dorinda Carter, Magdalene Board Member and journalist; Tara Armistead, landscape architect and photographer; Sarah VanHooser, graduate student at Vanderbilt University; Julie Cantrell, chemical engineer and product designer for Thistle Farms; and Dr. Brigitte Kitenge, Director of Women of Hope of Rwanda and survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. We hope that as we continue to make connections with grass roots groups in other parts of the world, all of us will learn and grow. I am thrilled to be able to go on this journey and am so hopeful about where it will all lead. The costs associated with this journey are about $25,000, and we always welcome support. All checks can be made payable to Thistle Farms or Magdalene Inc. For more information, please contact Marlei at marlei@thistlefarms.org .