Gilbert lives with his grandmother. His grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Gilbert works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and washing clothes.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Gilbert participates in church activities. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, basketball and walking are his favorite activities.
Please remember Gilbert in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Gilbert lives in the hills of Kanombe, home to approximately 80,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated tin roofs. The ethnic group is Banyarwanda and the spoken language is Kinyarwanda.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include bronchitis, parasites, malnutrition, malaria, typhoid fever, skin diseases, fevers, anemia and pharyngitis. Most adults in Kanombe work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $11 per month. This community needs libraries and land for cultivation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kanombe Student Center to provide Gilbert with Bible teaching, medical checkups, supplementary food, lessons on nutrition, hygiene supplies, recreational activities, tuition, tutoring, scholastic materials and opportunities for community service. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching and workshops on child development for the parents or guardians of Gilbert.
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: East of Kigali