Our first site visit will be with Les Enfants de Dieu. Their mission? "To effect a transformation in lives of Rwandan street children by alleviating their hardships and providing them with opportunities to mature into valued and respected individuals that can be reintegrated into and contribute to society."
Other information, quoted directly from their website:
'Les Enfants de Dieu' or 'Children of God' is a non profit organisation to assist street children in Kigali, Rwanda.
organisation is secular. We adopted 'God' in our name to symbolise the
protective and compassionate qualities of all religions and spiritual
Our mission is to effect a transformation in the lives
of Rwandan street children by alleviating their hardships and providing
them with the opportunities to mature into valued and respected
individuals that can be reintegrated into society and be able to
contribute their skills, knowledge and ideas.
"Les Enfants de Dieu"' owns and runs a residential care center in Ndera,
a suburb in Kigali near the international airport. The centre is
situated on over 4 hectares of land, mainly in the valley.
At present we look after 117 former street boys aged between 7 and 18.
The facilities include:
Dormitory - can accommodate 150 children
Kitchen - with two fuel efficient stoves and a store
Classrooms - blackboards, desks and chairs.
Infirmary - dispensary, special care room
Multi purpose hall - under construction.
We employ 19 staff including teachers, a nurse, a counselor, social workers, operations coordinator and a project manager.
Check back in late May and see what the students have to say about what they learned!