Rukundo lives with his grandmother. At home, duties include carrying water and gathering firewood. His grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Rukundo enjoys playing group games. He attends church activities and choir regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Rukundo will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Rukundo lives on the plains of Kigasha, home to approximately 6,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement or mud floors, mud walls and iron sheet roofs. The ethnic group is Banyarwanda and the most commonly spoken language is Kinyarwanda.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, potatoes and groundnuts. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Kigasha work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, scholastic materials and uniforms, tutoring and modern farming practices.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CECA Kigasha Student Center to provide Rukundo with Bible lessons, health screenings, nutritious food, hygiene and nutrition education, games, field trips, community service opportunities, scholastic materials, tutoring, vocational training, English classes and counseling. The center staff will also provide Bible lessons, child development training and discussions for the parents or guardians of Rukundo.
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 Nyagatare