Rwanda Gallery

Where We Work: Rwanda
  • Student at blackboard

    A student writes on a blackboard in Rwanda. There are 781 million illiterate adults worldwide, and 64 percent of them are women. Of the 22 countries where more than half the population is illiterate, 15 are in Africa. Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program ensures children complete at least primary-level education.

  • Nshimiyimana Jean De Dieu with family

    Fourteen-year-old Jean de Dieu Nshimiyimana is surrounded by his immediate family. His father recently spent 12 years in prison for his involvement in the Rwandan genocide. Jean de Dieu's sponsorship through Compassion has provided the family with livestock, clothing, resources to build their house, bed nets to prevent malaria, and assistance with school fees. After finishing school, Jean de Dieu wants to be a pastor.

  • Umugwaneza Diane feeding brother

    Seven-year-old Diane Umugwaneza feeds her younger brother. Their father works as a farmer and laborer to try to support their nine-person family. Diane is registered with Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in Rwanda. As a result of Compassion's influence, her mother says that Diane has developed greater respect for others and prayers more regularly. She often comes home from church singing the songs that she has learned through Compassion.

  • Niyonshima Claudette fetching water

    Twelve-year-old Claudette Niyonshima gathers water from a muddy stream in Rwanda. Roughly 12 percent of the world's population, or 884 million people, do not have access to safe water. Many children around the world currently benefit from Compassion's Water of Life filter systems, which can provide over 1 million gallons of safe drinking water; that is enough for 68 people for life.

  • Uwimana Grace with Bible

    Nine-year-old Grace Uwimana stands in the doorway of her home in Rwanda with a Bible. Grace's family lived as refugees in the Congo for several years after the Rwandan genocide, and Grace was born in a refugee camp. When they moved back to Rwanda, her father was not able to return to his former job, and her mother died, leaving the family in poverty. Compassion is providing for Grace's spiritual, economic, physical and emotional needs. Her favorite subjects in school are English and French, and she wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

  • Uwimana Grace with Bible

    Nine-year-old Grace Uwimana sits on her bed reading her Bible. Grace's family lived as refugees in the Congo for several years after the Rwandan genocide, and Grace was born in a refugee camp. When they moved back to Rwanda, her father was not able to return to his former job, and her mother died, leaving the family in poverty. Compassion is teaching Grace about the love of Jesus and is caring for her economic, physical and emotional needs.

  • Rwandan school

    A young girl in Rwanda looks out the doorway of her school. According to UNICEF, 78 percent of Rwandan students reach the fifth grade. Education is important in the country, as it is considered the only way for children to have a hopeful future. Compassion's child development programs provide important support for children's education, including tutoring, help with homework assignments, and encouragement.

  • Umurisa Liliane watching her mother sew

    Liliane Umurisa watches her mother sew. Liliane's father was suspected of being involved in the Rwandan genocide and was imprisoned. He was released after investigators found him to be innocent, but he abandoned his family shortly thereafter. Through Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program, Liliane receives hope and encouragement for her future. She enjoys studying and singing in the children's choir at her church.

  • Rwandan neighborhood

    Villagers hang around a Rwandan neighborhood. Compassion began working in Rwanda in 1980. Currently, more than 52,000 children participate in more than 190 child development centers in the country.

  • Mukeshimana Elizabeth helping mother

    Elizabeth Mukeshimana helps her mother weave a mat. Her parents are farmers and neither had the opportunity to attend school. The family is able to sell some produce, as well as the mats that Elizabeth and her mother weave, in the local market. Elizabeth is nine years old and was recently registered with Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program. Through it she has received school supplies, clothes and medical care.

  • Gorilla in the greenery

    A gorilla relaxes in the greenery of Rwanda. Due to deforestation and poaching, the Rwandan mountain gorilla is an endangered species. Though their numbers have grown over the last decade, recent estimates state that only around 800 live in the wild.

  • Parents at RW 643

    Parents of Compassion sponsored children in Rwanda listen to a presentation at the local church. Compassion partners with churches to provide Rwandan children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all that God created them to be.