Mucunguzi makes his home with his mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and cleaning are his household duties. His mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Mucunguzi participates in church activities and choir. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with marbles and hide-and-seek are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Mucunguzi will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mucunguzi lives on the plains of Matimba, home to approximately 8,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated tin roofs.
The regional diet consists mostly of maize, beans, bananas, cassava, sorghum (grain) and sweet potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, malnutrition and worms. Most adults in Matimba work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $12 per month. Many children in this community are orphans. This community needs scholastic materials and land for cultivation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Eglise Anglican du Rwanda "EAR" Matimba Student Center to provide Mucunguzi with Bible teaching, medical exams, nutritious meals, health and hygiene education, hygiene supplies, recreational activities, tuition, tutoring and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching, meetings and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Mucunguzi.
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: Northeast of Nyagatare