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Niyigena Alphonsine  

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  • Age: 19
  • Birthday: November 23, 1995
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Rwanda
  • Center: Gatwaro Student Center
  • Child ID: RW3480104
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
Niyigena makes her home with her mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and helping in the kitchen are her household duties. Her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Niyigena participates in church activities, Bible class and choir. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls, walking and jumping rope are her favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Niyigena will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Niyigena lives in the hills of Gatwaro, home to approximately 8,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Banyarwanda and the most commonly spoken language is Kinyarwanda.

The regional diet consists of beans, cassava and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, worms and malnutrition. Most adults in Gatwaro work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $6 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and suitable land for farming.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Gatwaro Student Center to provide Niyigena with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical care, health and hygiene campaigns, tuition, scholastic materials, tutoring and opportunities for community service. The center staff will also provide educational workshops for parents or guardians of Niyigena.
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: In Kibuye

This child lives in an AIDS-affected area. In Africa, the disease has impacted the entire continent, creating a generation of orphans and vulnerable children. God can use you to help ease the pain of a child in desperate need.

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Your support provides:

  • Medical checkups, which often save lives
  • Nutritious food
  • Health and hygiene training
  • Educational assistance
  • Access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief
  • Mentoring to help children discover their incredible value as God’s children
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child in need will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.