Here, There and Everywhere

Rwanda’s Children

Rwanda has made incredible changes and strides in the last 17 years, since the 1994 genocide. Most people who lived in the country previously, would not recognize the advances now made in education, health care, the environment, reconciliation, security and work. They still have a lot to do and have not always had completely fair open elections, but what the government and people have accomplished after having to start from scratch (in just 16 years) is remarkable. A lot of people don’t realize it is also a beautiful country (landscape and people).

I’ve been to Rwanda twice and worked at an orphanage there called the ROP Center for Street Children, which provides shelter, food, water, education, vocational skills and health care to homeless children. There are now over 100 kids at the center (age 5 to 18). It is run entirely by Rwandans, with a sister organization in America called The Rwandan Orphans Project, which helps raise funds to keep the center going. They pay for the water, food, teachers, nurse, clothes, rent, utilities, transportation and some secondary and college costs for the children.

These children are the future of Rwanda, East Africa, the African continent and thus the world. Please consider making a donation to this non-profit organization, which started out taking in children who had been orphaned from the genocide. 100% of the money raised goes directly to the center in Kigali (the capital of Rwanda). The administrative costs by the Rwandan Orphans Project in the US are completely done on a volunteer basis. READ MORE

There is a book I put together from stories the children at the center told me. It is called The Skin of Lions: Rwandan Folk Tales. All of the royalties from its sale go to the Rwandan Orphan’s Project. TAKE A LOOK

Comments on: "Rwanda’s Children" (2)

  1. Sam Schotsky said:

    A most excellent post . However , how can a country enjoy peaceful when a minority group , the so-called Tutsi , are only 14% of the country’s population but 100% of the army and the government .

    One would think that something’s got to give , in line with President Obama’s 2009 Accra speech : “Africa doesn’t need strong men , it needs strong institutions”.

  2. Thanks for the feedback Sam. You are wrong however about the army and government. There are quite a few Hutu and Twa in both and the parliament has more women than any other government in the world. I would say that Africa (in fact all continents) needs strong men and women and strong institutions.

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