Ubaka U Rwanda

Building Hope for Rwanda's Street Children

We run a highly successful centre for street children & orphans in Rwanda but one of our largest costs is rent which is not very sustainable or stable for the children. Building our own property would save us costs & enable us to have a purpose built centre which more adequately meets their needs

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1126500)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£4,000

Amount raised

£5,141

Donations

21

  • I was three when I came to [live in] street... Now I am in secondary school and doing well

    — Yves aged 16

  • When the build will be finished I will go live there and never go back in the street again!

    — Kristoffa aged 15

  • Right now we pay a lot for rent every month, once finished [the building] that won't be needed and we can use it on the boys... More than that though I want a big place for the boys to play, to be free

    — Evode Usabyamahoro, Charity Co-Founder

  • I was three when I came to [live in] street... Now I am in secondary school and doing well

    — Yves aged 16

  • Right now we pay a lot for rent every month, once finished [the building] that won't be needed and we can use it on the boys... More than that though I want a big place for the boys to play, to be free

    — Evode Usabyamahoro, Charity Co-Founder

  • When the build will be finished I will go live there and never go back in the street again!

    — Kristoffa aged 15

Situation

There are thousands of children and young people in Rwanda driven to the streets by rural poverty, family abuse and the secondary effects of the 1994 genocide. There are no social services to help them, and the local area has the highest number of street children due to the drug culture, nightlife and prostitution, opening them up to further exploitation. We directly combat this through providing housing and other basic needs as well as access to education to make them self-sustaining.

Solution

We founded a centre in 2008 that provides a desperately needed home for street children and young people. The centre meets their basic needs by providing shelter, formal education, food, medical costs and guidance. We also work to reconcile children with their families where possible and so far we have helped 28 return home. Access to secondary/technical schools creates employment opportunities previously unavailable to this population and therefore removes them from the streets permanently.