April 18, 2018

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Hope Haven Rwanda is a non-profit organization that delivers outstanding education and life-on-life discipleship to one of the most vulnerable communities in Rwanda.  We cultivate God-given purposes for entire families, offering them a brighter tomorrow with the hope of Christ and practical life skills.  We operate with heartfelt compassion, high levels of competency and within a vibrant Christian community, on a 10-acre campus just outside of Kigali, Rwanda.  We believe that our investment in each individual child and family flows into the neighborhood and eventually transforms the nation.  Christian world-changers are emerging from the halls of Hope Haven Rwanda!

Our Vision

To transform Rwanda through Christ-centered education and discipleship.
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Our Founder - Susan Hollern


Susan Hollern is the Founder of Hope Haven Rwanda, and serves on the Board of Trustees. Susan, and her husband of 32 years, Kevin, attended an event in 2009, supporting Technology in Education for Rwandan children. Her life was changed forever when she heared Bishop John Rucyahana and Immaculee Ilibagiza share about the genocide and deep need in Rwanda. Susan traveled to Rwanda in late 2009 for the first time, and began personally ministering to Rwandans during the next year. In 2012, following several trips to Rwanda, Susan activated a plan to equip and serve families and youth through education and agriculture in one of the most vulnerable areas of Rwanda. Under her leadership, Hope Haven Rwanda has flourished into an organization that is now educating 420 children and employing more than 50 people each day in a strategic earning and learning context. Susan and Kevin have three adult children. Email Susan at Susan@HopeHavenRwanda.org.

Our CEO - Dr. Jason Peters

 Jason Peters serves as Hope Haven Rwanda’s CEO.  Jason is an author, host of a nationally award-winning video curriculum, international speaker and a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel.  He brings a wealth of global leadership experience to the table, having served in 48 countries, providing senior leadership for two international regions for a large missions organization.  He also completed assignments at the Pentagon, the U.S. Air Force Academy and as a faculty member of the Air Force Chaplain Corps College, where he directed Crisis and Trauma training.  Jason earned the Doctor of Ministry degree, with an emphasis on Christian Education, from Dallas Theological Seminary, utilizing research conducted while serving in Iraq.  He has been married to Kimberly for 23 years, and they have five children, two of whom were born overseas.  Email Jason at  Jason@HopeHavenRwanda.org or connect with him via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or read recent blog posts here: HOPEfull.

Our Vision and Mission
Our Vision
To transform Rwanda through Christ-centered education and discipleship.
Mission Statement
“Hope Haven Rwanda is transforming Rwandan families through a holistic approach to education and discipleship, actively demonstrating the love, hope and truth of Jesus Christ.” 

Hope Haven Rwanda’s philosophy is rooted in two words:  Engage and Equip

Engaging the Entire Family

We believe that an excellent education is built on a Christian foundation and values, and that life transformation begins with a solid connection between educator and student.  At Hope Haven Rwanda, we engage the entire family, offering them the opportunity to uplift their family by earning and learning, as they provide the fees for their children to study at the premier school in their community.  Our engagement extends far beyond the classroom with regular family welfare home visits, and unique opportunities for vocational training, spiritual discipleship and savings groups.  Each of these initiatives is designed to deeply engage with families, and to propel them to the next level of growth.

Equipping the Entire Family

As we maintain a high level of engagement, we are able to equip each student and family for success.  Hope Haven Rwanda’s holistic approach enables us to create an environment which facilitates applied, hands-on learning.  Many of our educational programs are based on modeling.  We equip adults and children with a “See One, Do One, Teach One” model.  Students are introduced to the problem or issue, taught to logically think through the solution, examining the data through observation and making sense of it.  Then, when possible, the student begins to apply the lesson learned in a practical way by acting on the newly acquired knowledge.  Immediate supervision and feedback is provided resulting in real-word experience.  Students begin to understand what works and what doesn’t.  As students deepen their capabilities, they eventually have the knowledge and experience to help guide others, and to replicate their knowledge.


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1. November 2011: After months of praying and dreaming, The Hope Haven Charitable Trust 501C(3) was established.

2. February 2012: After purchasing property in Murindi, Rwanda, February brought the excitement of meeting with Government agencies and the Hope Haven vision began to unfold.

3. April 2012: Start of School! Hope Haven begins at the second term of the school year. Most students attending have never been to school before.

4. May 2012: Architects visit the Hope Haven land from GSBS Architectural Firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Hope Haven campus is laid out and designed.

5. November 2012: Hope Haven ® was established as a business in Rwanda.

6. March 2013: A D8 Cat bulldozer is hired and the land is graded. Building is started for the terraced retaining walls.

7. August 2013: Approval is obtained from the National One Stop Center for our site and engineering plans. Construction commences on the nursery building.

8. January 2014: Nursery building construction is completed and students start classes in this building for the beginning of the 2014 school year. The Nursery building holds 90 students.

9. March 2014: Hope Haven site Dedication to God, Officiated by Vice Mayor of Kigali and present Ambassador of Ethiopia Hope Tumukunde.

10. April 2014: The first Primary Education building construction is complete, welcoming 120 students into the new classrooms and computer lab.

11. May 2014: The computer server is installed, Microsoft licenses were loaded as well as other programs meant to benefit our school children.

12. August 2014: Construction is completed for the Hope Haven guest Housing, including a dormitory building, five guest cabins & a kitchen.

13. April 2015: Construction finished on our second 2 story building, welcoming another 120 children.

14. January 2016: Welcomed the 5th year of school for Hope Haven students. 350 children are attending; 63,000 cups of porridge and 31,500 lunches of beans, rice and vegetables will be served this year. Adult English, agriculture and Savings programs are in full swing, making Hope Haven truly a place of holistic family outreach.

15. July 2017 we celebrate the 6+ years of serving the community of Murindi. We have seen first-hand the miracles God has done through education, agriculture, faith, health & hygiene and empowering the poor through opportunity.


School Programs

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IMG_8361We currently provide academic and biblical education for children from nursery school through 5th grade. Using a mix of East African and McGraw Hill curriculum, our focus is on teaching children how to think and discover, rather than what to think and memorize. Our 2nd – 5th grade students are also offered Microsoft-based computer classes and online search tool skills in our high-tech computer lab. Hope Haven classes are taught by local teacher who have been trained by qualified volunteers from the USA. All classes are taught in both the local language of Kinyarwanda and English, Rwanda’s National language.

Teens and Adults

IMG_4896After school, we provide older students with English literacy classes. Through our ministry partner, Hope International, we also offer a biblically-based money management and savings class.

Food and Clean Water

IMG_0001All Hope Haven students are served a morning meal of nutritious porridge. Students in 1st-5th grades who stay for afternoon classes are also fed a healthy lunch of rice, beans, and greens. All meals are prepared in Hope Haven’s charcoal kitchen. A water well with a purification system from Healing Waters supplies the campus with clean, safe water.

Health and Hygiene

IMG_8355Chiggers and poor personal hygiene were initially major problems for families. Hope Haven’s rigorous health and hygiene training has dramatically improved the issue. Families now understand the importance of cleaning themselves properly to avoid infections and parasites, and to protect their health.

Community Programs

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Dignity and advancement are not found in handouts. We believe every family should pay a small amount to have their child attend school at Hope Haven. To help make this possible, we provide jobs on campus. Parents can work just enough to cover their child’s fees, or work more to earn a take-home income. Primary employment opportunities include:


IMG_1888Most families in Murindi are farmers, yet their yields are very low due to poor farming practices. To remedy this issue, five acres of our campus has been designated for agriculture. Local workers on our land may earn an income while they learn modern, marketable farming skills.


TL 6 Pic 4Construction projects on the Hope Haven campus may employ up to 150 adults at a time. Workers learn the importance and value of quality construction practices while they actively develop our Hope Haven campus to its full vision.



Hope Haven loves visitors! Students, families, and organizations have visited campus and served the Murindi community. Are you interested in visiting Hope Haven in Murindi, Rwanda? Contact us below!

There are many opportunities at Hope Haven get involved.

•Individuals may contact us for opportunities for teaching elementary grades or getting involved with Christian Ministry work in and around our community, as it relates to Hope Haven.

•If you are in a position of leadership at a High School or in a Ministry position for High School students, inquire about using Hope Haven Rwanda as a ministry destination.

•If you are a College Administrator and you would like to develop a STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM through Hope Haven Rwanda, we would welcome that opportunity.

•Love Technology? We have a computer lab, 350 young students and some adults that need good training.

Our Dormitory housing offers 6 spacious rooms with bunk beds, 6 guests per room. There is a men’s bath area and women’s bath area… Each bathroom includes 3 toilets, 3 sinks and 3 showers. $50 / person / day.

Our “Hotel Room” housing offers 3 rooms equipped with a queen bed and a bathroom included within the room. $65 / person/ day.

Two meals each day are included in board. (Breakfast & noon-time) Most of our food is grown on our own land or throughout the community. This will be a “local” type meal.

Interested in Staying?

Hope Haven is located approximately 20 minutes east of the airport in Kigali. It is a very “local” area. The housing is within our “compound” of approximately 10 acres. Additional transportation opportunities will likely need to be arranged prior to arrival. Hope Haven can arrange transportation and other travel arrangements.

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Hope Haven Rwanda

2417 N Perry Park Rd.
Sedalia, CO 80135


Our Mission

Hope Haven Rwanda uplifts Rwandan families through education, discipleship and agriculture, actively demonstrating the love, hope and truth of Jesus Christ.