In April 2004 while Pastors Mark and Darlene Zschech and their family were on a mission’s trip to Africa, they learned the horrific recent history of the genocide in 1994 and current situation of the beautiful country of Rwanda and its people. With this knowledge Mark and Darlene found it impossible to be passive about helping their Rwandan brothers and sisters. In response Mark and Darlene launched ‘Hope Rwanda: 100 Days of Hope’, a global effort designed to bring hope to a nation seemingly forgotten by the world since the horrific genocide of 1994. The ‘100 Days of Hope’ in 2006 was an unprecedented show of global compassion, covering the same 100 days as the actual genocide, bringing together teachers, builders, musicians and organisations such as Joyce Meyer Ministries – Hand of Hope, Compassion and many more to serve the nation of Rwanda.

During the 100 Days of HOPE: Global

  • 19-life saving operations performed
  • 70,000 hygiene packs distributed
  • 500 teachers trained & equipped
  • More than 30,000 books distributed
  • 300 teacher resource kits dispersed to Rwandan schools
  • 9 homes for widows and orphans begun
  • 2 million children’s Bibles distributed
  • 1000 children sponsored through Compassion
  • 10 provincial outreaches impacting thousands of people
  • Hundreds of tonnes of equipment shipped into the country


HOPE: Rwanda has repositioned from the host and initiator of a short-term event in Rwanda, to a long term aid and development organisation that has grown and expanded into several major development initiatives, expanding globally into countries who are also suffering the effects of genocide, war and extreme poverty. As a result, HOPE: Rwanda changed it’s name to HOPE: Global in 2011.

HOPE: Global - The Journey From 2006-2012 from HOPE: Global on Vimeo.


In 2014, Mark Zschech and a team of 30 international volunteers joined Rwandans for the first ever Rwandan Walk of Hope, to mark 20 years since the Rwandan genocide, and 10 years since Mark & Darlene had first visited Rwanda. The walk was one of celebration - celebrating resilience, hope and life in Rwanda.

Rwanda Walk of Hope 2014 from HOPE: Global on Vimeo.