Ubaka U Rwanda

Helping Street Children in Rwanda

Every month Ubaka U Rwanda has to pay for the running costs of our centre which provides access to high levels of education, a loving home, covers medical costs and provides 3 substantial nutritious meals a day for 26 live-in street children, numerous drop-ins and others successfully placed in homes

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1126500)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£4,000

Amount raised

£8,145

Donations

16

    Categories

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

Situation

There are thousands of children and young people in Rwanda driven into living on the streets by the combined secondary effects of the 1994 genocide (HIV infected mothers, unwanted pregnancies from rapes, lack of an older generation, etc), abuse, neglect, substance abuse, the HIV crisis and extreme poverty. There are no social services to protect this vulnerable population and as such there is no way for them to escape the desperation of their situation without assistance.

Solution

We founded a centre in 2008 that provides a desperately needed home for 26 homeless children and young people who have been orphaned, neglected or abandoned. The centre provides shelter, education and guidance. We also work to reunite children with their families where possible and so far we have helped 28 children return home, 14 of whom we continue to send to school. Our ultimate aim is to help street children to live a self sufficient life away from the street through access to education.

  • To live here is good because I go to school, play football and with other children and they show me I can have a good future

    — Emmanuel Ishimwe, aged 8

  • Ubaka is good because they move me from a bad life, where I had no parent and not go to school... now I have a new family here

    — Jack Dushimimana, aged 13

  • I thought I would die in the street... so when Papa Evode found me and took me home I was very happy

    — Yves Gatoya aged 10

  • To live here is good because I go to school, play football and with other children and they show me I can have a good future

    — Emmanuel Ishimwe, aged 8

  • I thought I would die in the street... so when Papa Evode found me and took me home I was very happy

    — Yves Gatoya aged 10

  • Ubaka is good because they move me from a bad life, where I had no parent and not go to school... now I have a new family here

    — Jack Dushimimana, aged 13