Restoration of Hope began as a dream in the heart of Honda Nahimana after working for six years with african revival ministries as a driver, administrator and house parent to orphan children, in January 2004 he established Restoration of Hope with a vision to help the streetboys of Bujumbura – the capital of Burundi.
Honda’s vision was to take boys off the street and to completely change their environment giving them a family, a home, an education and to introduce them to a god who has a purpose for their lives – a God who longs to restore their hope!
The project started when Libby (Honda’s wife) was followed home by three streetboys looking for food. These boys were soon living in the Nahimana’s home and were quickly joined by many others who required help. Seven months later the first Hope House was opened followed by the second Hope House in October 2005.
It soon became clear that these boys needed a permanent place to call home and so Honda set out to build a home for the boys. He had faith in God to fulfil the vision that He had given to him. The land was bought in 2006 and foundation laid. Further building continued in September 2009 and thanks to donations from friends, relatives, churches and total strangers the Mutakura Hope House was completed in June 2011. This home can accommodate 24 boys and staff members too.
RoH now looks after over 74 children and young people, 44 are in the capital city of Bujumbura, 12 are in the second Hope House situated in the second city of Burundi, Gitega and for the first time there are 18 children supported in Uvira, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Not all of the children are housed by Restoration of Hope but all receive help of varying degrees.
Restoration of Hope is funded by individual contributions and is supported by friends and family all over the world.