• Deann Weis; Vice President

I became involved with Lift Up Their Hearts in 2009 while attending a fundraiser given by it's president, Kristina Worm.  It was there that I met Father Pascal and learned why there is a need for this organization. I traveled to Rwanda in 2010 and 2011. I immediately fell in love with the country and especially the incredible people.

In January of 2011 while in Butare, Rwanda I married Chad Weis, who is secretary of Lift Up Their Hearts. Chad and I were honored to have Father Pascal officiate at our marrage.. And having my Rwandan friends attend was the best wedding gift I could have asked for! It was on that same 2011 trip that the President of "Lift Up Their Hearts" asked me to be the Vice-President, which I immediately accepted with great honor.

Im a manager of Joe Sensers Restaurant in Plymouth, MN.In my free time I enjoy traveling, I love soccer (I've even played with locals in Rwanda) and spending time with friends and family.

You and Lift Up Their Hearts can help Rwanda end the cycle of poverty in East Africa.
The Genocide of the Tutsis of 1994 devastated the population of Rwanda both physically and psycologically. It left the country financially bankrupt and destroyed it's primitive infrastructure.

But right now Rwanda is on the path to a brighter future. The people of Rwanda have turned away from the resentment and hatred that caused the violence of the past. The country is politically stable and it's borders are secure. And Rwanda has embarked on an ambitious campaign to become the center of Information and Communications Technology in Africa. This would mean unlimited opportunities for financial growth and stability in East Africa. The income generated by the ICT business in Rwanda could provide better education, employment and income for Rwanda and its border countries.

However, Rwanda struggles to repair the emotional and physical injuries caused by the Genocide of the Tutsis. Today many older adults, witnesses to the genocide, have impaired physical and mental health. Their already meager income is threatened by their inablility to cope with daily struggles. The violence they witnessed and the grief of losing so many loved ones hampers their efforts to think clearly. Lift Up Their Hearts helps these survivors recover economically by providing them with small business opportunities and by improving their living conditions we give them hope for a better future.

Unfortunately the genocide also left many children vulnerable.  Survivors who as children witnessed  the genocide and its harrowing aftermath have been impacted by this history of violence.  AIDS, the loss of their parents and many caring adults and Rwanda’s economic devastation have all taken their toll on Rwanda's young population.  Lift up Their Hearts helps these orphans by assisting in their education, improving their living conditions and by providing a means of income for young adults. .
Lift  Up Their Hearts works to aid in the recovery and stability of the nation. Our hope is that Rwanda becomes a leader in good governance and economic progress in Africa.
In 2012 Lift Up Their Hearts will begin construction of a school dedicated to teaching computer skills and  English language to young adults.  Rwanda is fast becoming a leader in Africa in communications technology.  They need citizens with computer skills and English knowledge to accomplish this goal. The internet is an important communications tool which can connect them with innovative ideas in the outside world and knowledge of the English language allows them to confer with a host of ICT experts from all over the world.

Contact Us
email us at: liftuptheirhearts@yahoo.com

Lift Up Their Hearts
P.O. Box 101
St Bonifacius, Mn. 55375