Umwiza lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
Jumping rope and playing ball games are Umwiza's favorite activities. In kindergarten her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and choir.
Because of your sponsorship, Umwiza will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Umwiza lives on the plains of Nyagatare, home to approximately 2,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors; mud or brick walls; and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Banyarwanda and the spoken language is Kinyarwanda.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, rice, potatoes and milk. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults work as day laborers, animal herders, subsistence farmers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, technical training in agriculture and secondary school tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Zion Temple Barija Student Center to provide Umwiza with Bible teaching, choir, health screenings, hygiene and nutrition education, games, field trips, scholastic materials, tutoring, vocational training, English courses and opportunities to serve those in need. The center staff will also provide evangelism and child development training for the parents or guardians of Umwiza.
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: North of Nyagatare