In his home, Eric helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and helping in the kitchen. He lives with his uncle and his aunt. His uncle is employed as a teacher and his aunt is employed as a teacher.
Soccer, volleyball and playing with marbles are Eric's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and choir.
Because of your sponsorship, Eric will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Eric lives in the hills of Gikondo, home to approximately 150,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The ethnic group is Banyarwanda and the spoken language is Kinyarwanda.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, worms and malnutrition. Most adults in Gikondo work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $11 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, scholastic materials and land for farming.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Gikondo Student Center to provide Eric with Bible teaching, health screening and education, hygiene classes, supplementary food, physical exercise, educational trips, tuition, scholastic materials and tutoring. The center staff will also provide counseling, Bible teaching and child development workshops for the parents or guardians of Eric.
Rwanda consists mainly of grassy uplands and hills that extend southeast from a chain of volcanoes in the northwest. It is divided by several rivers and has many lakes. The climate is temperate with two main annual rainy seasons.
Rwanda's culture is an anguished story of three ethnic groups inhabiting the same country: the Twa, Hutus and Tutsis. The Twa were joined by the migration of the forbearers of today's Hutus and constitute a small percentage of the population today. The Hutus were agriculturalists and thus culturally in contrast with the Tutsis, who raised livestock. Tensions between the Tutsis and Hutus became the basis for one of the most devastating civil wars and genocides in world history. Today most families live in a self-contained compound. Those with HIV/AIDS number half a million. English is the official language of Rwanda, although French and Kinyarwanda are still used. Most Rwandans are Catholics; Protestant is the second largest religion. Compassion works throughout the country.
For more than 400 years, Rwanda was ruled by a Tutsi monarchy. In 1959, Hutus gained control of the government and forced the Tutsis to flee the country. A Tutsi-led insurrection in 1990, fighting to return to their country, caused civil strife that culminated in 1994 when over one million people were killed and two million fled to neighboring countries. A new constitution was adopted in 1995, and many refugees have since returned but the country still struggles with the devastating effects of the war and genocide. In 1999, Rwanda had its first local elections installing President Maj. Gen. Paul Kagame. Kagame was reelected in 2003 and 2010.
Map of Rwanda
Child's Location: South of Kigali