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Masengesho Dorcas  

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  • Age: 10
  • Birthday: January 17, 2006
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Rwanda
  • Center: EPR Kuruganda Student Center
  • Child ID: RW5590218
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
Masengesho lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Masengesho works at home gardening. There are 3 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Masengesho participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing group games is her favorite activity.

Please remember Masengesho in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Masengesho lives in the mountainous community of Kuruganda, home to approximately 30,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and tin or tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Banyarwanda and the spoken language is Kinyarwanda.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, cassava and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria and worms. Most adults in Kuruganda work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $24 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and secondary education tuition assistance.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of EPR Kuruganda Student Center to provide Masengesho with Bible teaching, choir, health screenings, hygiene and nutrition education, games, field trips, scholastic materials, tutoring, English courses, vocational training, home visits and counseling. The center staff will also provide evangelism and child development training for the parents or guardians of Masengesho.
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: Southeast of 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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