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SweetHearts Bakery of Santa Barbara
updated: Dec 17, 2011, 9:15 AM
SweetHearts Bakery began with a trip to Africa, where Laura Waters found her life
mission in the faces and hearts of the beautiful children of Rwanda. While touring
some of the most poignant historical sites, to include the Reconciliation Villages, Youth
Ministry and Orphanages in Rwanda, Waters was filled with compassion and wanted
to do something to help. She was then approached by Pastor Deo Gashagaza to be an
ambassador for the Street Children. Saying "yes" was the start of her life mission. With
a desire to "do" something lasting and effective for these underprivileged children,
SweetHearts Bakery came into being.
Waters has partnered with "Mustard Seed Project USA," a non-profit, 501(c)(3)
organization, which is connected with Pastor Deo Gashagaza's Street Children Youth
Ministry. Many of these children walk miles just to get one meal three times a week.
When they arrive at the courtyard of Pastor Deo's offices, they are bathed, fed and given
some religious studies. Afterwards, they return to their impoverished homes, or to the
streets. Sadly, some of these children are under 5-years-of-age.
All profits from SweetHearts Bakery are sent to Mustard Seed Project to help feed
hungry orphan children in Rwanda. Waters is excited about being a part of something
tangible, but her focus is all about expansion and growth. She says, "They need a
building (shelter), food and a lot of love and care, and I am excited and grateful to be a
part of something so vital and rewarding."
SweetHearts Bakery offers organic delicious and unique desserts and specializes
allergy free alternatives-many of which are gluten-free and vegan. With a commitment
to healthy-conscious baked goods, SweetHearts Bakery uses the highest quality
ingredients, and everything is prepared with LOVE.
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