Excerpt from Amakuru! News from the Rwandan Orphans Project.
Recent ROP Graduates Earn Scholarships
At the Rwandan Orphans Project we stress education above all else, knowing that it is these children’s best chance to escape the cycle of poverty. This is why we were extremely excited to learn that three of the six graduates of the ROP program last year had earned themselves full government scholarships to university starting in 2012.
One of the students is Franco Gakwaya. Franco had been with the ROP since about 2004 and has consistently been one of our top students. Dianne Longson, Franco’s sponsor and a long time supporter of the ROP, has committed to paying Franco’s registration fee so he can enroll without having to worry about money. Franco will be attending the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Rwanda’s most prestigious technical school. He will study electrical engineering.
Vincent Butera, another student who’s been supported by Ms. Longson, is another graduate who will carry on to university. Vincent has long had a passion for education, working hard to teach himself English since he came to the ROP about six years ago. He has always dreamed of being a teacher, and now he will be attending the Kigali Institute of Education (KIE), the premier university for future educators in Rwanda.
The ROP’s third scholarship recipient is Eric Birkumana. Eric, who also stayed at the ROP for about six years, has always had a keen interest in technology and has been a very hard worker in the classroom. Thanks to his hard work and excellent national exam results he will also be attending KIST University next year along with Franco. His subject of study will be mechanical engineering.
These three students have made all of us very proud and have set a wonderful example for all the children who they leave behind. Without sponsors like you, however, these young men probably would never have had the opportunity to attend school in the first place, let alone have access to healthcare and other necessities. Now their futures are bright as they move on to higher education and all the opportunities it opens up.
From all of us here at the ROP, thank you for helping us to change the lives of children like Franco, Vincent and Eric.