Free IT school for Rwandan orphans

by Global Peace Exchange


The Umuryango Center of Technology in Gitarama, Rwanda provides housing, education, and IT vocational training to a community of orphans. UCT houses 50 orphans a year, educating at least 70 others.

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With 820,000 children orphaned by the 1994 genocide (1/8 of its population), Rwanda's scars are healing slowly. UCT will offer free primary education as well as vocational training in IT to those children. By empowering the most marginalized children in Rwanda, we allow them to secure livelihoods in the growing IT sector as well as allowing them to contribute to the reconstruction of Rwanda.


Bringing internet access to Gitarma and its orphans allows them to receive hands-on training in IT. In addition to IT training, UCT will run an internet café out of its computer labs, allowing the program to eventually achieve self-sustainability.

Long-Term Impact

This project will allow 50 orphans each year to participate in Rwanda's growing IT sector. By giving these children a chance for livelihoods in an expanding market, we can keep them from falling into the despair that plagues so many orphans.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Global Peace Exchange
Umuryango Children's Network
"Partnerships will Bond Today's Africa, America
Claude Pepper Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Organization Information

Global Peace Exchange

Location: Tallahassee, Florida - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Alex Merkovic
Project Leader:
Alex Merkovic
Executive Director
Tallahassee, FL United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 6 donors like you, a total of $125 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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