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Iradukunda Olive  

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  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: January 24, 1996
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Rwanda
  • Center: Gahanga Student Center
  • Child ID: RW6440066
    • Waiting: 222 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
Olive lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Olive works at home carrying water, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. There are 4 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Olive participates in church activities and choir. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Jumping rope, playing ball games and playing group games are her favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Olive to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Olive lives in the hillside community of Gahanga, home to approximately 6,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The ethnic group is Banyarwanda and the spoken language is Kinyarwanda.

The regional diet consists of beans, cassava and bread. Common health problems in this area include malaria and worms. Most adults in Gahanga are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $14 per month. This community has many orphans and widows due to war and genocide and needs employment opportunities and affordable education.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Gahanga Student Center to provide Olive with Bible teaching, medical care, nutritious food, health and hygiene instruction, recreational activities, field trips, opportunities for community service, tuition, scholastic materials, tutoring and domestic supplies. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching and educational classes for the parents or guardians of Olive.
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: South of Kigali

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