Year End Review- It’s Not Too Late to Help!

Hello friends,

Thank you for your support this year: each donation you’ve sent in has gone directly to supporting at risk children and families in Rwanda.  As we reflect on 2022, we’d like to give you our own type of “12 Days of Christmas” but this could be called, “The Many Ways You’ve Made a Difference.”

In 2022 your help enabled us to reach:

55 At Risk Students: providing school fees, supplies, medical insurance, food, and other support that enabled them to continue their education while remaining with their families.

19 In Home Youth:  these children and young people would not have a suitable home to live in, if it weren’t for you.  Your support provided everything mentioned above for their education and health, plus a safe place to live, food, and other items needed to sustain a household.

13 College Students: providing for their school fees, supplies, medical insurance, and other needs so they can achieve their dreams.  of these students also graduated this year!

2 Technical School Students: again providing for them so they can gain the skills needed to be able to provide for themselves. These 2 students also graduated this year!

4 In Country Staff:  all that we do is made possible by our staff who take care of the office, meet with families, coordinate with all the different schools each child attends, do bookkeeping and paying of school fees, oversee the children who are In Home, help children write letters to their sponsors, and much more!

There’s still time to give and do more good in 2022!  Your donation today means a child is able to go into 2023 knowing they’re loved and supported.

We wish you all the best in the new year and if you can help us end 2022 strong, we would greatly appreciate it.

God bless you, Michael & Lisa McColm

Click HERE for year-end giving

By |2022-12-30T11:01:42-08:00December 30th, 2022|Uncategorized|

A Ten Talents Success Story

Diane was being raised by her mother only, a genocide survivor who had no job. She was able to complete primary, secondary, and advanced school thanks to friends of the family who paid her way, however when it came time to move onto University she had no funding and no one to support her efforts.  She dropped out and gave up hope of finishing her education.  In 2017 she was connected with Ten Talents International and invited to be in their sponsorship program in 2018. This allowed her to resume her studies at Mount Kenya University where she eventually graduated in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management (Risk Management and Insurance). She is very thankful to Ten Talents for supporting her and fulfilling her dream to complete her education. She is currently working with SANLAM Insurance and able to support her mother and her younger sister.

Diane is one of many success stories from Ten Talents International and we wanted to share her story with you to show how much difference one person can make in someone’s life.  Because of Diane’s sponsorship the trajectory of her life has been changed and also that of her entire family.

Thank you for supporting at risk youth through Ten Talents!

By |2022-10-06T18:52:22-07:00October 6th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Children and Poverty in Rwanda

Did you know that over 45% of Rwanda’s population is children?  38% of children live in poverty and 38% suffer from malnutrition due to not having enough food to eat.  Rwanda has overcome so many obstacles since the horrific genocide of 1994 which wiped out nearly 1 million of its citizens and sent the country into collapse.

Ten Talents started in 2002 when our founders saw firsthand the devastation that the genocide caused and the impact it had specifically on the children of Rwanda.  We opened our first children’s home in 2004 and since then have served over 30,000 meals and now have almost 100 sponsored children in our program. We not only provide meals, housing, resources, and education help, but we also spread the gospel and show families how much God loves them. 
Here are a few ways you can help us spread HOPE and God’s love to the people of Rwanda-
Sponsorships– We have three areas of sponsorship, At Risk Sponsorship, In Home Sponsorship, and Technical Training/College Volunteer Sponsorship. You can learn more about each of those types of sponsorships right here on our webpage.  We will also be highlighting each one in a series of blog and social media posts in the future so be on the lookout for them!
Volunteer Teams- Ten Talent’s short-term volunteer teams happen through-out the year and focus on serving both sponsored and unsponsored children in our programs, sponsorship families, and other partner ministries around Rwanda. Please email us if you’d like more information about volunteering- [email protected]
Prayer- Please be praying not only for our ministry but also for the children and families we serve! Pray for lives to be changed through Jesus Christ and for peace and hope in their lives.  Pray for healing of their bodies, hearts, minds, and finances.  Pray for their future and that through their lives, many others will come to know Christ. “Prayer causes things to happen that wouldn’t happen if you didn’t pray.” John Piper
Share- You can find us both on Instagram @tentalentsint and on Facebook at Ten Talents International. When you share our posts, comment on our reels, and take the time to interact with our social media platforms, it tells Instagram and Facebook that more people want to see us and their algorithm pushes our content out to more people. It means the world to us when you share our ministry!
By |2022-09-09T10:01:52-07:00September 9th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Center Days are Back!

Center days have started back again for the students in our program in Kigali. The students who are a part of our Ten Talents International program come to our local office with their parents or guardians and participate in, what is essentially, a group check-in day. The staff can meet with the families and/or students, provide direction, and answer any questions the student might have. This is a time when students, families, and staff get to know one another better and can share experiences with each other. There is also a time for sharing of God’s word and teaching of the bible. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the center days were the first and second Saturday each month and we’re so glad that these days have started again!
During the first center day at the beginning of August, the students learned about Psalm 146 1-10 as Mama Ishimwe led the bible preaching. When that was over they were able to spend some time in prayer for fellow parents who had lost a spouse. One of the newer students mother’s said this time was unlike anything else she had participated in during her previous NGO (Non-Governmental Organization… which are organizations like Ten Talents who help struggling families). It’s so important to us that our students know God and we love that this time can be a blessing to so many families.

After their prayer and bible time, they spoke about things relating to the students like school fee payments, health insurance, rent issues, and anything else that they might have questions about. Many of the families and students expressed eagerness to see the US team again and the parents shared appreciation for food support during Covid-19 and other programs that supported their children’s educations.

Thank you for supporting these students and their families, because of you days like this can happen and students can not only feel comfortable with the upcoming school year but also find fellowship with other families and hear the hope of Jesus Christ and his love for them.



By |2022-08-18T20:27:07-07:00August 18th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Sponsorship updates have been sent! Did you get yours?

We still have children and young people who are unsponsored. Have you wanted to make a difference in someone’s life, but weren’t sure how? Your sponsorship directly connects you to a student in Rwanda. These young people are receiving school fees, educational supplies, medical care, and more; in the hopes of providing a better life for their family and their future. Visit our website to see waiting children!

By |2022-06-30T09:31:32-07:00June 30th, 2022|Uncategorized|

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By |2021-12-01T22:12:02-08:00December 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|

We all need some good news!

We recently sent out a newsletter with some good news about recent graduates.  It is so wonderful to see these young people defy the odds and grasp the opportunities in front of them.  If you didn’t receive it, you can read more about it by clicking here.

Its all because of you and people just like you, who give and link arms with people they may never met.  This is true religion and we are so blessed to be a part of it.

God Bless You,


By |2021-11-29T17:09:27-08:00November 29th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Gifts of Joy!

If you are within driving distance to Vancouver, Washington, we would love to have you come to our event happening on December 1st. We are calling it Gifts of Joy! Our Christmas volunteer team will have just returned from Rwanda and will provide us with an update on the work going on there. We will also have available our “virtual gift” catalog which will provide you with an opportunity to give life changing gifts in honor of someone in your life, or for yourself. Please visit our event page on Facebook (here) to find out more and to let us know you are coming.

By |2018-11-21T14:28:41-08:00November 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Christmas Volunteer Team in Rwanda

Our annual Christmas party volunteer team is working hard in Rwanda right now. They have actually been working hard for months leading up to this trip: collecting donated supplies and gifts, keeping inventory, making plans and preparations. We are so thankful for all of their hard work which will mean hundreds of children in Rwanda will get an extra special holiday this year. Our team will host parties for all of the children in our sponsorship program, all of the children in both our boy’s and girl’s homes, and will also provide a party for the children of a separate organization that provides a home and education for former street children. In addition to all of this, they have already hosted a conference for the parents of the children in our sponsorship program, and they will also work with our college volunteers and staff as well. All this adds up to a very busy week for them, but one that is full of joy! We are so thankful to be able to provide this for the children and families that we work with, and those who are on the team always report what a gift it is to them to be a part of this.

We look forward to hearing more from the team members at our event on December 1st.

God Bless You,


Young ladies in our Home of Purpose greet the visiting team.


By |2018-11-19T22:44:42-08:00November 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Apple Cider Vinegar Challenge… Why?

If you’ve been on our social media pages (find us on Facebook or Instagram) you will see something we’re calling the Apple Cider Vinegar Challenge.  The challenge we have presented is to take a straight shot of apple cider vinegar (1 or 2 tablespoons- -really, it is good for you!).  Do it (on video) and donate $10 to Ten Talents International, and tag 10 friends challenging them to do the same.  For some people, downing some ACV is not a big deal at all- and for others, well, some people are still trying to work up the nerve to do it all…  The question has been posed, why the apple cider vinegar?  This challenge was my brainstorm, so I will do my best to answer that.

Initially, it was just a random thought.  I take ACV sometimes to help ward off getting sick, and when I do I involuntarily make a face and react.  I thought it might be fun to challenge other people to do the same, and for them to challenge others, and so on.  How does it relate to Rwanda though?  When Mike and I first talked about it, we discussed how the color of ACV reminds us of muddy water in Rwanda.  This muddy water is what many families have no choice but to use everyday –  for cooking, bathing, cleaning, etc.  But our ministry is not about clean water, its about getting children off of the streets.  TTI was started because of Mike’s first hand experience seeing children living on the streets in Rwanda.

You might be surprised if you visit Rwanda to find that 10 months out of the year it is very green and lush.  Some people think that Africa means being hot, dry, dusty, but that is not the case everywhere.  It rains in Rwanda, and many times it rains hard.  Rain will come in fast and heavy.  The dirt in Rwanda is a reddish brown clay.  As the downpour of rainwater runs over the dirt it produces reddish brown rivers that pour over the streets and sidewalks.  People who are out will take shelter under businesses or wherever they can find a dry spot.  Now imagine if you are a child spending your days out on the streets.  You get soaked.  Not only that, but many children have told us that when they need someplace to sleep they will use the drainage ditches that run along the side of the road.  They look like this:

Except where there is a driveway there will be a slab of concrete going over the ditch to connect to the driveway, and it is in those secluded spots where the children will lay down to get some sleep.  Unless its raining.  Then there will be no sleeping, as the ditches become streams of muddy water.

The other connection I noticed between ACV and the children living on the streets is connected to the smell.  Children living on the streets have a common drug of choice.  It is liquid glue.  This powerful chemical glue makes them high when they sniff it (the term for this type of substance abuse by inhaling fumes is called “huffing” in the US).  The reason they do it is not just so they can be high and maybe not think so much about their current circumstances, its because when they are high they don’t feel hungry anymore.  Many kids living on the streets carry around small bottles of glue under their shirts and keep inhaling it throughout the day.

Nothing of what I have described for you so far should be a part of a child’s life.  Children should be in a home where they can feel safe, loved, and cared for.  They should be able to go to school and not have to work or beg to help provide for the basic needs of their family.  I realize that we cannot change the whole world.  We cannot make this problem simply go away, but for some children we can.  We can change their world.  We can offer them a safe place to sleep and adults who will love them and care for them.  For those who have families, we can provide school fees, school  supplies, medical care, and a daily nourishing meal so they can learn, stay off the streets, and have a better future.

This is what the #ACVChallenge is all about.  Its about trying to get the word out to more people so that we can do more and help more children and families.  Its about changing stories and bringing hope.  Please help us spread the word.

Thank you & God bless you,


By |2017-12-02T07:19:31-08:00December 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|
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