Meet our local leaders

The Reeds of Hope-One Thread project was birthed out of relationship.  Reeds of Hope believes that all our work should operate out of and through relationship.  We know that relationship is what brings community and that brings depth of connection.  We are so proud to be alongside people already doing amazing things and inviting others on the journey.  We wanted to take the time to introduce you to our friends......the ones who are in the nitty gritty of everyday life in the Congo.  The ones who teach, support, encourage, make home visits, hospital visits, celebrate, and inspire. 

We cannot wait to see them again!  

 Meet One Thread Project's Social Worker, Isamel.  She is pictured here on the left alongside one of the recent graduates, Sarah. She lives and cares for her mother and brother.  She studied in Switzerland and worked in adoption while she was there.  Isamel goes to the sewing center three times a week.  Checks in with the women there, see if there are women waiting, and make certain that needs are met.  If there are women waiting for sponsorship, she brings those names to Amy and they discuss how to move forward.  Any time a new student is added she is in charge of meeting with them, checking on their attendance, and making sure that they are doing well in the program.  She keeps in constant communication with One Thread stateside.  She makes sure that all the school fees are paid for the children in our program and transportation needs are in place each month.  Isamel helps to organize tasks and improve work.  If a woman or their children fall ill, she follows up with them at home or the hospital.  We are so very grateful for Isamel and know that logistically none of this work could be done without her!  She is such a gift!

Meet One Thread Project's Social Worker, Isamel.  She is pictured here on the left alongside one of the recent graduates, Sarah. She lives and cares for her mother and brother.  She studied in Switzerland and worked in adoption while she was there.  Isamel goes to the sewing center three times a week.  Checks in with the women there, see if there are women waiting, and make certain that needs are met.  If there are women waiting for sponsorship, she brings those names to Amy and they discuss how to move forward.  Any time a new student is added she is in charge of meeting with them, checking on their attendance, and making sure that they are doing well in the program.  She keeps in constant communication with One Thread stateside.  She makes sure that all the school fees are paid for the children in our program and transportation needs are in place each month.  Isamel helps to organize tasks and improve work.  If a woman or their children fall ill, she follows up with them at home or the hospital.  We are so very grateful for Isamel and know that logistically none of this work could be done without her!  She is such a gift!

 Paul and Micheline are married with 6 children.  Paul is the director of the Emmanuel Training Center and Micheline leads the sewing school.  The training school began in September of 2014.  There you can learn languages (French/English) or computer sciences.  At the sewing center, women can learn a skill that will help create a sustainable job.  Their over arching goal is to share the love of Christ and preach the gospel through their work.  They desire to fight against poverty, the street children phenomenon, and unemployment.  Their target students are anyone willing to learn, orphans, single mothers,   With the support of Reeds of Hope, Emmanuel Training Center began with 5 orphans who have now grown to become teachers.  The sewing program began with 10 women through the One Thread program.  There are now 50 students and 15 are supported by Reeds of Hope-One Thread Program.  Despite challenges, through God's grace, the students are still coming willing and eager.  Also by God's grace, Paul has recently opened a school, The Emmanuel Christian School.  They have Kindergarten, primary school, and 2 classes of secondary school.  How exciting to watch the Lord growing all that Paul and Micheline are doing.  We are grateful to partner with them!

Paul and Micheline are married with 6 children.  Paul is the director of the Emmanuel Training Center and Micheline leads the sewing school.  The training school began in September of 2014.  There you can learn languages (French/English) or computer sciences.  At the sewing center, women can learn a skill that will help create a sustainable job.  Their over arching goal is to share the love of Christ and preach the gospel through their work.  They desire to fight against poverty, the street children phenomenon, and unemployment.  Their target students are anyone willing to learn, orphans, single mothers,   With the support of Reeds of Hope, Emmanuel Training Center began with 5 orphans who have now grown to become teachers.  The sewing program began with 10 women through the One Thread program.  There are now 50 students and 15 are supported by Reeds of Hope-One Thread Program.  Despite challenges, through God's grace, the students are still coming willing and eager.  Also by God's grace, Paul has recently opened a school, The Emmanuel Christian School.  They have Kindergarten, primary school, and 2 classes of secondary school.  How exciting to watch the Lord growing all that Paul and Micheline are doing.  We are grateful to partner with them!