Rwandan orphan’s Project (ROP) Newsletter
Five ROP Grads Now In University
We are proud to announce that five recent ROP graduates have received government scholarships to university. These scholarships are extremely competitive so we are very proud of these young men for managing to win them – it means they are amongst the brightest in the country!
Three ROP graduates have just started their second year at university, two studying mechanical engineering and one studying teaching, in two of Kigali’s universities. Another has just started a course in media at the National University of Rwanda in Butare, while we just got word that the fifth young man has been offered a place studying engineering for the next school year.
These young men have not had an easy start to their lives, but despite these difficulties they have performed extremely well at school and their achievement in gaining these competitive scholarships is even more impressive because of their hardships.
We are very proud that the ROP is nurturing some of Rwanda’s brightest children!
Since 201 55% of ROP’s secondary school graduates have received full government scholarships to university.
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From FINCA Newsletter.
When Her Daughter Became Ill, FINCA Made a Difference.
Wendy Yesenia Molina de Recinos and her husband thought life couldn’t be going any better. They had a beautiful, three-year-old little girl. Wendy was in her third year at university in Santa Ana, El Salvador, and her husband’s income was enough to keep the family in good stead.
But then their beautiful daughter fell terribly ill with a kidney disorder. Even as the doctors treated her, her condition worsened, and it was soon discovered that she had an intestinal tumor. Wendy knew she had to withdraw from university and give all of her attention to caring for her little girl.
It wasn’t long before the expenses for medicine were overwhelming, and Wendy knew she needed to help with the family income. A neighbor told her about Grupo Comunal Argentina and the loans that she could receive from FINCA. Her neighbors rallied around her, and she was quickly accepted as a new member of the group and received her first loan. Wendy invested the money she received in shoes to sell in the market, and it didn’t take long before she was able to add to her husband’s income, and help pay for the food, medicines and transportation that their daughter needed.
Wendy says she is grateful to FINCA and to the women of Grupo Comunal Argentina who have accepted her so easily into their group. She continues to work hard every day to do everything she can to help her daughter’s recovery.
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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.
Franco and Vincent
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.