Quest4Change

Rwanda Children of Hope - New Home Appeal

To build a new permanent home for 34 ex-street children living at the Ubaka U Rwanda centre in Kigali, Rwanda. This project will greatly improve living conditions for the boys, allow Ubaka to expand their support and ultimately make the centre self-sustaining.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 4 December 2014 to 5:00 PM, 17 December 2014

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1117956)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£3,000

Amount raised

£6,000

Donations

1

    Categories

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • OtherOther

    Helping

Location

Situation

The streets of Kigali are home to an estimated 7,000 children. Many have been left to roam the streets either as a direct result of the genocide, or due to rural poverty, family conflicts or the impact of HIV/AIDS. The authorities do little to remedy this situation, in fact officially these street children do not exist. They prefer to mask the status quo by rounding up street children and putting them in holding centres, thus clearing the streets of ‘undesirable persons’.

Solution

Ubaka U Rwanda are committed to turning around the lives of children & young people living on the streets of Kigali. They run a youth centre, which currently provides a home for 34 boys, and an outreach programme. Their current centre is a 6-bed rented house. Living conditions are cramped and the rental market expensive & volatile. We are working with Ubaka to build a new home for these boys. The new youth centre will be able to house up to 50 children and offer long-term security.

  • I love my life at the centre. Before I did not know anything about school and now I realise what I have missed. Last year I was top of the class.

    — Jack, one of the Ubaka boys

  • I used to sleep under a bridge on a cardboard box, now I sleep in a bed, with sheets!

    — Emmanuel Ishimwe, aged 8

  • I am thinking about three different jobs. I would like to become either a Pilot, a highly-educated Doctor with my own clinic or maybe an Ambassador.

    — Jack

  • I love my life at the centre. Before I did not know anything about school and now I realise what I have missed. Last year I was top of the class.

    — Jack, one of the Ubaka boys

  • I am thinking about three different jobs. I would like to become either a Pilot, a highly-educated Doctor with my own clinic or maybe an Ambassador.

    — Jack

  • I used to sleep under a bridge on a cardboard box, now I sleep in a bed, with sheets!

    — Emmanuel Ishimwe, aged 8