Nyamirambo is an expanding district on the southern perimeter of Kigali city. The area is known for its mosque and football stadium as well as for being one of the rougher areas of the city.
It was in Nyamirambo that we started our street-children work in 2009. The project took in youngsters who had been found on the street. Some had attended school previously but none were doing so at the time. For various reasons the youngsters had drifted away from their families.
The project started feeding the children and sending them to school. They were reunited with their families and their mothers were given help to start small income-earning businesses.
As at the time of writing (February 2014), the children have completed four years schooling thanks to donations by Mission Rwanda's supporters and have just begun their fifth. Mussa, the most advanced of the group passed his P7 national exams with high marks and has gone to start secondary school in Kibuye.
Not all our children will make it on to secondary schools. It is likely that most of them will follow the vocational training path when they leave primary school before trying to find work with the skills they learn.
Our plan is to support these children until they complete their education. With your help we are confident that some will reach college or university. If we can succeed in that aim we will know we have been able to make a real difference in their lives.