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Patrick Mbarushimana  

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  • Age: 11
  • Birthday: June 20, 2003
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Rwanda
  • Center: Inkurunziza Rurenge Student Center
  • Child ID: RW2340207
    • Waiting: 242 days for a sponsor. Urgent need for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
Patrick lives with his mother, where his duties include carrying water and gathering firewood. His father is in prison. His mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Patrick participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing ball games and playing group games are his favorite activities.

Please remember Patrick in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Patrick lives in the mountainous community of Rurenge, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and wood or tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Banyarwanda and the most commonly spoken language is Kinyarwanda.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans and potatoes. Common health problems in this area included malaria and worms. Most adults in Rurenge work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. This community needs secondary education tuition assistance and scholastic materials.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Inkurunziza Rurenge Student Center to provide Patrick with Bible teaching, choir, health screening, nutrition and hygiene education, games, field trips, community service opportunities, scholastic materials, tutoring, English classes, vocational training, home visits and counseling. The center staff will also provide child development training and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Patrick.
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: Northeast of Kibungo

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