Our Education Program

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During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, most of the schools were destroyed and many teachers killed. An entire generation lost the chance to go to school. Some children and young adults began school with help from the government, but this well has dried up, leaving them without hope for an education. Primary education is “free” in Rwanda, but the requisite uniform, supplies and transport makes it impossible for many children to attend.

Our Rwanda team works with cooperative leaders to find the candidates for our assistance. Selection is based on need, desire, dedication, and school performance. Our team meets with the students three times during the year to check up on their progress and offer extra support where needed.

Thanks to donations from our supporters and sponsors, in 2017 we will be providing stipends so that 150 primary, secondary and college students can get an education. Each of the students has a Sponsor they communicate with during the year through letters, photos and videos. All students who receive our support understand the expectation that they use their education to help bring a sustainable livelihood to their communities. In December our secondary and college students from around the country attend a Leadership Training in Kigali which is life-changing for the students. It deepens their bond as a community, and gives them the tools to become leaders among their peers and in their communities.

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Abel
Abel Mugabantwali
1 Aime Isabelle Nyiramana
Aime Isabelle Nyiramana
Aisha
Aisha Nyirabuhoro
Alice
Alice Impanoyimana
Aline
Aline Usanase
Alpha Ntwari Cyuzuzo is a 17 year-old boy living with his mother who is disabled.
Alpha Ntwari Cyuzuzo
Alphonse
Alphonse Ntibaziyaremye
Amen Joveste Irakoze
Amen Joveste Irakoze
Angelique
Angelique Abayisenga
Angelique Abizeyimana
Angelique Abizeyimana
Angelique Muhimpundu
Angelique Muhimpundu
Angelique Muhoza
Angelique Umuhoza
1 Anick Byukusenge
Anick Byukusenge
Anita Akimana is a 7 year-old girl, one of the new orphans at Ejo Habo orphanage.
Anita Akimana
Anita
Anita Mahoro Sada
Dusabi
Appoline Dusabimana
Assinatte
Assinatte Niwemutoni
Beatrice
Beatrice Akayezu
Beatrice
Beatrice Mbyariyehe
Belise Fine Ikuze is a 12 year-old girl living with her stepmother who is very poor.
Belise Fine Ikuze
Benjamin Uwayisaba is a 14 year-old boy whose mother  was rejected by her husband.
Benjamin Uwayisaba
Betty
Betty Niyonsaba
Blaise Karangwa is a 14 year-old boy whose father has a mental disorder as a result of the Genocide and cannot provide for his son.
Blaise Karangwa
SPONSORED! Brenda Kayitesi is a 19 year-old girl, a senior in high school, whose parents both have AIDS and cannot pay for her to finish high school.
Brenda Kayitesi
1 Cadet Kwizera
Cadet Kwizera
Celestin Ukobizaba
Celestin Ukobizaba
Celine Dushime is a 20 year-old girl who lives with her mother who has AIDS. Her father died. The mother is no longer able to finance her education as she also has other children in school.
Celine Dushime
Celine
Celine Nyirahabimana
Chantal
Chantal Mukeshimana
Chantal
Chantal Uwimana
Chantal Uwineza
Chantal Uwineza
Charles Brice Niyigaba is a 13 year old boy from the Kungabu Cooperative. He has one brother and 2 sisters. He’s in senior 1. He only has a mother who is also looking after the rest of the family.
Charles Brice Niyigaba
Charles
Charles Rwomushana
Christian
Christian Irakoze
Christian
Christian Irakoze
Christine
Christine Niyonsenga
Christine
Christine Umurerwa
Christophe Ndayisaba
Christophe Ndayisaba
Clarisse
Clarisse Muhongerwa
Claude
Claude Munyaneza
Claudia Kamaliza is a 13 year-old orphan girl living with a co-op member who cannot afford to pay for her schooling.
Claudia Kamaliza
Claudine
Claudine Imaniriho
Claudine Uwambajimana is a 19 year-old girl who was rejected by her father and lives with her aunt who is supporting 8 other children.
Claudine Uwambajimana
Clement
Clement Nshyimiyimana
Clementine Uwamahoro
Clementine Uwamahoro
Cynthia Umubyeyi is a 15 year-old girl whose father died and her mother doesn’t have the means to pay for her school fees.
Cynthia Umubyeyi
Daniel Mbarushimana is a 22 year-old boy from a very poor family. He had to drop out of school for two years due to lack of funds.
Daniel Mbarushimana
Daris Mugisha Abayisenga is sa 4 year old boy whose mother rejected by her husband the day after she had the baby. From that time she started struggling emotionally and financially. He has no siblings, his mother is very poor and doesn’t have a house. With no income source of her own, the co-op helps her pay rent, food, and healthcare.
Daris Mugisha Abayisenga
David
David Nshimiyimana
Dear
Dear Rosette Iribagiza
Debora
Debora Iragena
Denise Igabe
Denise Igabe
Denise Mutuyimana
Denise Mutuyimana
Denyse Mushimiyimana is a 17 year-old girl whose mother is a widow with 6 more children to look after. She cannot afford to send Denyse to secondary school.
Denyse Mushimiyimana
Deoric
Deoluc Hageniyaremye
Diana
Diana Uwayo
Datusi
Dieudonne Mutabaruka
Donah Mukabarisa
Donah Mukabarisa
Donata Mukandayisenga
Donata Mukandayisenga
Dudley Hirwa  is a 10 year-old boy whose mother was rejected by her husband. She's not able to finance his education.
Dudley Hirwa
Egidia
Egidia Kayitesi
Egidia
Egidia Mukamunana
Elie
Elie Gisubizo
Eliminatha
Eliminatha Mushimiyimana
Elise
Elise Usanase
Elise Aki
Elise Akimana
Elisee Byiringiro
Elisee Byiringiro
Emerise Uwizeyimana is a 16 year-old girl who was adopted recently by a co-op member after her mother passed away.
Emerise Uwizeyimana
Emmanuel Bikorimana
Emmanuel Bikorimana
Emmanuel
Emmanuel Habimana
Emmanuel
Emmanuel Turatsinze
Emmanuel Twahirwa
Emmanuel Twahirwa
Emmanuella Sano
Emmanuela Sano
Eric Mico is a 15 year-old boy whose parents are poor and infirmed.
Eric Mico
Eric
Eric Ndagijimana
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Eric Ndaye Irunga COLLEGE GRADUATE!
Erinestine
Erinestine Dushimimana
Jeanne
Eugenie Mutesi
Evariste
Evariste Hakizimana
Ezira Mucyo is a 16 year-old boy from a poor family with 3 brothers and one sister.
Ezira Mucyo
Ezzra
Ezzra Nyirimanzi
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Fabien Murenzi
Fabrice
Fabrice Tuyizere
Febronie Uwase
Febronie Uwase
Felesta
Felicite Kampire
Felix
Felix Nshimiyimana
Fiacre
Fiacre Dusingizimana
Fiette
Fiette Umwizerwa
Florence Mugiraneza
Florence Mugiraneza
Florentine
Florentine Nyiransabimana
Floride
Floride Kampire
Francoise
Francoise Mukaruhimbi
Francoise Nyirahafashimana
Francoise Nyirahafashimana
Frank Ngabonziza is an 18 year-old boy whose parents have 8 other children - they can't afford to send them all to school.
Frank Ngabonziza
Gadi Dushime
Gadi Dushime
Gentille Nsengimana
Gentille Nsengimana
Gerard
Gerard Ndayisenga
Gideon Hakizimana is a 16 year-old boy from a poor family. He dropped out for one year due to lack of school fees.
Gideon Hakizimana
Gideon Ntivuguruzwa
Gideon Ntivuguruzwa
Grace
Grace Umuhoza
Harimu
Harimu Uwimana
Henriette Umubyeyi Kayabo is a 15 year-old girl from a poor family that was only able to finance her first three years of secondary school.
Henriette Umubyeyi Kayabo
Honolyne Giramata
Honolyne Giramata
Uwim
Hyacinth Uwimana
Indiane
Indiane Ishimwe
Jacqueline Uwase
Jacqueline Uwase
Jamillah Iragena is a 20 year-old girl living with her mother, who is unable to pay for her school, which meant she was out of school for four years.
Jamillah Iragena
Janvier
Janvier Tuyishimire
Jean Aime Ndagijimana is a 21 year-old orphan boy who was adopted by his uncle who is unable to pay school fees for him.
Jean Aime Ndagijimana
Jean Baptiste Tuyizere is a 20 year-old boy who has been out of school for 3 years due to lack of school fees.
Jean Baptiste Tuyizere
Jean Baptiste
Jean Baptiste Twizey
Jean Bosco Gatsinzi
Jean Bosco Gatsinzi
Jean Bosco Ntaganira
Jean Bosco Ntaganira
Jean Bosco
Jean Bosco Twizeyimana
Jean Claude
Jean Claude Mugisha
Jean Claude Twungubumwe is an 18 year-old boy, the second of 4 children. He was conceived as the result of his mother being raped. His father rejected the mother after learning she had AIDS.
Jean Claude Twungubumwe
Jean
Jean Damascene Nkundiye
Jean De Dieu
Jean De Dieu Murwanashyaka
Jean De Dieu Niyonsenga is a 16 year-old orphan boy who lives with his 6 siblings.
Jean De Dieu Niyonsenga
Jean Gakuru
Jean Gakuru
Jean Marie
Jean Marie Sibomana
Jean Marie Vianey Ndayishimiye is a 16 year-old boy whose parents are very poor and have other 7 children - they are not able to send all of them to school.
Jean Marie Vianey Ndayishimiye
J.M.V. Tumushime
Jean Marie Vianney Tumushime
Jean Niyonshuti
Jean Niyonshuti
1 Jean Pierre Habineza
Jean Pierre Habineza
Dorothy
Jeanette Mukabugingo
Jeannette
Jeannette Byukusenge
Jeannette
Jeannette Mukantagungira
Jeannette
Jeannette Uwingabire
Jesca Kayitesi is an 17 year-old orphan girl who was adopted by a co-op member who cannot afford to pay for her schooling.
Jesca Kayitesi
Jolivet Mike Ishimwe
Jolivet Mike Ishimwe
Josee Benefique Dufitimana
Josee Benefique Dufitimana
Irakoze Josee
Josee Irakoze
Abayi
Joselyne Abayisenga
Joseph
Joseph Tuyambaze
Josiane Ingabire
Josiane Ingabire
Josiane Munganyinka
Josiane Munganyinka
Josianne
Josianne Uwizeyimana
Josue
Josue Mugisha
Jovy
Jovy Kakwezi
1 Jules Rudasingwa
Jules Rudasingwa
Juliette
Juliette Umutoni COLLEGE GRADUATE!
Laurence
Laurence Muzirankoni
Laurette Niyomukiza is a 14 year-old girl who has been out of school for 2 years due to lack of school fees.
Laurette Niyomukiza
Liliane Ingabire
Liliane Ingabire
Liliane Muhoza
Liliane Muhoza
Liliane
Liliane Niyomubyeyi
Liliane
Liliane Uwayisaba
Madeleine Nyirangendahimana is a 21 year-old young woman who did not have the means to finish high school. She is one of the new orphans at Ejo Habo orphanage.
Madeleine Nyirangendahimana
Marceline
Marceline Dusengimana
Margarithe
Margarithe Nsabimana
Marie Claire
Marie Claire Cyizanye
Marie Louise Tuyirate is a 12 year-old girl whose father has AIDS, and most of their money goes to healthcare as he is sick much of time.
Marie Louise Tuyirate
Marie Paul Iyandutiyebyose is an 18 year-old girl, a senior in high school, who has 6 siblings - it is difficult for their parents to send all the children to school.
Marie Paul Iyandutiyebyose
Marie Therese Uwitonze is a 19 year-old young woman who did not have the means to finish high school and is living with her stepmother who is very poor.
Marie Therese Uwitonze
1 Miriam Shema
Miriam Shema
Mordakayi Niyomugabo
Mordakayi Niyomugabo
Mouhamad Sembajya Kwizera is a 16 year-old boy whose parents have 3 other children in school and can't afford for him to go to school.
Mouhamad Sembajya Kwizera
Nadette Patience Kwizera  is a 19 year-old girl whose parents cannot continue to support her education, as they are a poor family with other children to care for.
Nadette Patience Kwizera
Nadia Umurungi
Nadia Umurungi
Nalada
Nalada Keza
Odilla
Odilla Niyibizi
Olive Mugeni is a 13 year-old orphan girl who was adopted by her aunt who is Genocide widow.
Olive Mugeni
Olive
Olive Mukantagara
Olive Uzayisenga
Olive Uzayisenga
Pacifique Bimenyimana
Pacifique Bimenyimana
Pascal
Pascal Uwimpuhwe
Patrice
Patrice Igiraneza
Peace
Peace Benegusenga
Peace
Peace Heshanyu
Penina
Penina Ibyishaka
Phenias
Phenias Nsengiyumva
Rachel
Rachel Uwonyisabye
Rebecca Iradukunda is a 14 year-old orphan girl living with a co-op member. She  had to drop out of school for two years due to lack of school fees.
Rebecca Iradukunda
Rebecca
Rebecca Mukagitete
Robert Sibomana is a 14 year-old boy who couldn't begin high school because his mother didn't have the means to finance him.
Robert Sibomana
Samuel Niyonkuru is a 20 year-old boy who lives with his mother who was rejected by her husband.
Samuel Niyonkuru
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Samuel Ntivuguruzwa
Samuel Nzayisaba is a 9 year-old boy, one of the new orphans at Ejo Habo orphanage.
Samuel Nzayisaba
Sandrine
Sandrine Niyonsenga
Sandrine
Sandrine Nyiramwiza
Sandrine Tumukunde
Sandrine Tumukunde
Sarah Nirere is a 21 year-old young woman who who did not have the means to finish high school. She is one of the new orphans at Ejo Habo orphanage.
Sarah Nirere
Sarah Uwimpuhwe is a 15 year-old girl whose father is handicapped due to the Genocide and is unable to provide for his 5 children.
Sarah Uwimpuhwe
Sereman Nkurunziza
Sereman Nkurunziza
Sifa Sylvie Mwamini
Sifa Sylvie Mwamini
Sixbert Ngabo is an 18 year-old boy  from a poor family with 7 other children.
Sixbert Ngabo
Solange
Solange Mudahogora
Solange Mukantambara
Solange Mukantambara
Sirdio
Sylidio Rusenyanteko
Theoneste
Theoneste Murindangabo
Thomas Bigirimana is a 20 year-old boy who lives with his mother who was rejected by her husband.
Thomas Bigirimana
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Valens Bimenyimana
Vanessa
Vanessa Umwali
Vincent Dusengimana is a 20 year-old boy who had to drop out of school for two years due to lack of funds.
Vincent Dusengimana
Viollette Nyirandayambaje is a 25 year-old young woman who did not have the means to finish high school. She is one of the new orphans at Ejo Habo orphanage.
Viollette Nyirandayambaje
Winy
Winy Bamurange
Yvette
Yvette Kabatesi
Yvone Ishimwe is a 15 year-old girl whose mother is ill and cannot pay Yvone's school fees.
Yvone Ishimwe
Yvone
Yvone Mukeshimana