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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