We are committed to turning around the lives of homeless children and young people in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. Our work helps young people driven onto the streets by the combined effect of the 1994 genocide, rural poverty, and conflicts within families.
We founded a centre in 2008 that provides a desperately needed home for young people who have been orphaned, neglected or left in difficult situations. The centre provides shelter, education and guidance with the ultimate aim to help them live a self sufficient life.
We believe that everybody has a right to a life that can be lived. Not just survived.
Ubaka U Rwanda Youth Centre
Our work is coordinated from our youth centre located in Kigali. It currently provides a home for 30 boys, provides education and medical care for about 20 more youths whose parents are unable to support them. The centre is run by Evode Usbyamahoro , who grew up a street child himself, and started the initiative in 2003.
Our vision and goals for the centre are to:
- to meet basic needs: food, clothing, sanitation, medical care, discipleship and protection from harm and provide shelter through accommodation at the centre;
- to provide emotional support;
- to assist with education, skill based training and work;
- to assist with reconciliation with families where possible;
- to enable step-by-step progression being sensitive to individual needs.
Through providing the above the young people will have the opportunity to develop into self-sustaining, happy, healthy, productive members of their communities.
What impact will a Sponsorship have in a boy's life?
Signing up for a Sponsorship programme will guarantee that a boy will never be hungry again.
You will not only benefit the child itself but also their surrounding community. You will not only provide a child with a real future through their education but also allow them to participate in skill-based leisure activities and later complete an apprenticeship.
Our ultimate aim it to allow them to grow up as self-sufficient adults and to guarantee them a rewarding life-long existence.
How can I find out how my protégé is developing?
Ubaka U Rwanda will inform you regularly about the progress of your child. Your protégé will send you letters twice a year and you can write back to stay in regular contact with them. You can even go and visit them, this way you can experience yourself how your support affects the life of the boy.