Esther lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and washing clothes. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.
Jumping rope, playing ball games and running are Esther's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and choir.
Because of your sponsorship, Esther will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Esther lives in the hills of Ruhashya, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The population is comprised of Banyarwandans and the spoken language is Kinyarwanda.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, cassava, sweet potatoes and sorghum (grain). Common health problems in this area include malaria, worms and malnutrition. Most adults in Ruhashya work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $8 per month. This community has many war orphans who need affordable education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ruhashya Student Center to provide Esther with Bible teaching, medical care, nutritious food, health and hygiene instruction, field trips, opportunities for community service, tuition, scholastic materials, tutoring and domestic supplies. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching and educational discussions for the parents or guardians of Esther.
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 Butare