Newlyweds Josh and Alissa
were at a party and received a challenge that shook them to the core: do you
think you can really make a
difference? Especially in a place like Rwanda, where the scars of genocide linger
and poverty is rampant?
While Josh worked hard
bringing food and health care to the country’s rural villages, Alissa was
determined to put their foodie expertise to work. The couple opened Heaven, a
gourmet restaurant overlooking Kigali, which became an instant success.
Remarkably, they found that between helping youth marry their own local
ingredients with gourmet recipes (and mix up “the best guacamole in Africa”) and
teaching them how to help themselves, they created much-needed jobs while
showing that genocide’s survivors really could work together.
While first a memoir of
love, adventure, and family, A Thousand
Hills to Heaven also provides a remarkable view of how, through health,
jobs, and economic growth, our foreign aid programs can be quickly remodeled
and work to end poverty worldwide. Download and start listening now!