We were always clear in our minds that the first few months of our time here in Rwanda were going to be a period of learning and understanding. Our problem was always going to be deciding when the time was right to stop looking and start doing. That time has now come. Our involvement with the Nyamirambo youth has given us an insight into the needs of children in that area of Kigali and we feel now that we have sufficient understanding of the problems to set up a project.
The project has been designed in three phases. An initial assessment phase has been running for the past few weeks to identify the problems being faced by local youngsters and to quantify the number of children needing help. The second phase which has now started takes us into the project proper. We are now providing a daily lunchtime meal for local children who are not being fed properly elsewhere. These are youngsters, most of whom are known to the Nyamirambo group; some have been identified in our children’s Bible club being run each day through the school holidays. As the project develops, we hope to find sponsors for school fees so that children can be found school places. Those who are too old to start formal education will be given vocational training. We also plan to find accommodation, initially for around ten children where we can offer a dry and secure place to sleep. The third phase of the project aims to find foster homes for these children.
More details of the project can be found on the street children page. There is also a Street Children Project document that can be downloaded and read off-line.