Serge Gasore, a recent ACU graduate and survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, has started a children’s home in Rwanda. Gasore graduated in 2013 with a masters in global information and leadership and is working to earn his second masters in global service.
Gasore and his wife, Esperance Gasore, have started a home for children who are orphaned, sick, abused and neglected. Recently, they have rescued four children: a 4-year-old girl named Niwemwungeri, a 4-year-old girl named Mukanunani Providence, a 6-year-old girl named Keza Emelyne and a 7-year-old boy named Tinyimana Fils.
“I would like to rescue vulnerable children and place them in homes in order for children to grow as if they were raised by their biological parents,” Gasore said. “Our primary focus is to support children physiologically, emotionally, psychologically, physically and spiritually.”
Serge and Esperance have big plans for their children’s home, but that is only the first step in their expected journey.
In the years to come, we want to be on the ground and work with people in that community,” Gasore said. “We are not going there to teach or deliver anything, instead we are going there to learn from each other and help each other. If God continues to open doors, this community one day will see many children’s homes, a church to promote disciple-making, a friendship house, a Christian high school and a health post-center.”
The children’s home is named Maman Karen and was opened this summer with a specific mission in mind.
“We strongly believe that we can show Jesus to these kids through service,” Gasore said. “My wife and I had seen the hand of God through people and we are paying forward to those people by being a voice for those who cannot get their voice out.”
The children’s home is named after Karen Vaughn, a leading supporter and contributor to the project, and literally means “Mama Karen” in French.
“We named the home after her because of her support, loving heart and passion she has for children,” Gasore said.
Vaughn graduated from the University of Dallas in 1996 and works as a physician in Sweetwater.
“I contribute through prayer, financial means and encouragement of Serge and Esperance,” Vaughn said. “Serge’s story is compelling. When he talks about the children in Rwanda, you can hear the passion and concern in his voice.”
Vaughn plans to join Gasore and his wife in Rwanda for Christmas to spend time with the children and help carry out the home’s purpose.
“It is inspiring to see a young family like Serge’s devote themselves to the Lord in prayer and fasting and in obedience to what God is calling them to do,” Vaughn said. “It makes it easy to want to come along for the ride and humbling to see how faithful God is in honoring His promises.”