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Iragena Espérance  

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  • Age: 19
  • Birthday: December 14, 1996
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Rwanda
  • Center: Budaha Student Center
  • Child ID: RW5380148
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
Espérance lives with her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and cleaning. Her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.

For fun, Espérance enjoys jumping rope and running. She attends church activities and choir regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.

Please remember Espérance in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Espérance lives in the hillside community of Budaha, home to approximately 9,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Banyarwanda and the most commonly spoken language is Kinyarwanda.

The regional diet consists mostly of maize, beans, bananas and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, malnutrition and worm infestations. Most adults in Budaha work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. Many children in this community are orphans or live with single mothers. This community needs scholastic materials and more land for cultivation.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Budaha Student Center to provide Espérance with Bible teaching, medical screening, nutritious meals for malnourished children, hygiene and nutrition education, hygiene supplies, recreational activities, tuition and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching, workshops on child development and monthly community meetings for the parents or guardians of Espérance.
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: Northwest of Gitarama

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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