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Jean-Paul is #1…
Around this time last year, RDDC had secured support to send one more of our top students to boarding school in Rwanda. All of our students are in need of substantial support since they live on the street and lack life’s basic necessities. Yet, some of our students show themselves to be exceptional in our dance and IT classes, and we are confident that they will thrive if we can just give them the chance to enter the formal schooling system.
Jean-Paul, known as “Mugisha”, was our top student for a long time and he was ready for the chance to go to boarding school when we had a spot. But, another one of our students was falling dangerously ill and there was great concern that he would not make it unless he moved to a better place.
When Mugisha learned about this situation, he came to our Rwandan teachers and said, “Please don’t give me the spot to go to school. The other boy needs to go now. I will wait and hope for a chance in the future.”
It’s because of you that there was another a chance…Thank you.
The other boy went to school last year and is doing exceptional. Mugisha entered school this year and is ranked 1st in his class of 27 students. During his second term, he scored 97% in Mathematics and 88% in English.
Thank you so much for allowing us to reward Mugisha while saving another child in critical need. This was only possible because of your financial support.
We would be grateful if you also share this project on Facebook and Twitter. We have three more students that are ready to go to school in January if we can find the financial support to rescue them from the street.
Pierre Moves From The Street To School
Pierre would like to tell you something: “Murakoze”.
Murakoze means “thank you” in Kinyarwanda. Pierre is going to Sonrise Boarding School in Rwanda because of you. I first met Pierre in 2011 when RDDC formalized our partnership with FidesCo Rwanda and started a permanent program to serve street children in Kigali. Pierre started taking dance classes and our Basic Computer Training in the hopes that he would acquire the learning and vocational skills he needed to stop begging on the street.
You have made his dream come true.
In the attached picture, you can see Pierre’s school report card from the first term in 2014. He now ranks 8th in his class of 32 children with an average of 85%. He has proved that he can be a “regular” student; he is no longer “the beggar” or “the stealer” – He is just Pierre.
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This month is Genocide Prevention Month and it also marks the 20th Anniversary of the Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda. The children we work with in Rwanda today were orphaned during the genocide or suffer the "next generation" problems of poverty, lack of education and homelessness.
We are so grateful that you are helping access education during the continuing period of post-conflict reconstruction in Rwanda.
Here is the story of one boy whose dream is becoming a reality...
Pacifique, known by his nickname “Passy”, was among the first group of street children that Rebecca Davis met when she visited Rwanda for the first time in 2008. Passy was part of a group of hip hop dancers who lived on the streets of Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. Passy is one of the former street children whose school studies are now sponsored by RDDC. He is attending one of the best primary boarding schools in Rwanda, Hillside Day & Boarding School, which is situated in Rwanda’s Eastern province.
Back in 2009, Passy was only 10 years old, but he was already famous in Kigali, Rwanda's capital. On stage, audiences were amazed by the dance movements of this talented, little boy. His hip hop group was invited by the USA Embassy in Rwanda to perform and entertain its guests. Everybody was asking if Passy would ever go to school.
Passy is now 15 years old and is in the fifth grade of primary school (P5) - because of YOU!
When one visits Passy at Hillside School, you see that everyone knows him! When you ask the kids why Passy is so popular, they respond:
- “Gakimane is my hip hop teacher. He teaches us hip hop steps during our breaks.”
- “Gakimane is in many video clips of Rwandan singing stars. I am glad that I am attending the same school as him. I ask him all about my favorite Rwandan stars.”
- Kids who live in the same neighborhood as Hillside School are always looking for Passy during the weekends. “We need him to teach us Hip Hop.”
- “He helps in all the school’s events.”
As you can see, Passy is a child who is now off the streets and in school - trying to develop his brain, his talent and build a career. Passy has realized that his dream can only come true when he is educated – and now he has that chance!
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