Denyse lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Denyse participates in church activities and choir. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Jumping rope, playing ball games and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities.
Please remember Denyse in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Denyse lives in the hills of Munyaga, home to approximately 7,000 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 maize, beans, bananas, cassava, sweet potatoes and sorghum. Common health problems in this area include malaria, worms and malnutrition. Most adults in Munyaga work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $8 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, scholastic materials and additional land for farming.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Munyaga Student Center to provide Denyse with Bible teaching, medical screening and treatment, nutritious meals, health and hygiene education, hygiene supplies, recreational activities, tuition, scholastic materials, tutoring and home visits. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching, discussion groups and child development workshops for the parents or guardians of Denyse.
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: East of Kigali