Twizerimana lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for helping in the kitchen and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Twizerimana participates in church activities, Bible class and choir. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Twizerimana will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Twizerimana lives in the mountainous community of Gasutamo, home to approximately 8,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors; adobe or brick walls; and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, cassava and potatoes. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Gasutamo are unemployed but some work as day laborers, street vendors, market traders or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, income-generating activities and secondary school tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of EEAR Gasutamo Student Center to provide Twizerimana with Bible teaching, choir, health screenings, hygiene and nutrition education, games, field trips, opportunities to serve the needy, scholastic materials, tutoring, vocational training, English language classes, home visits and counseling.
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: Western Gisenyi