Holiday Camps Changing Young People’s Lives in Rwanda
In Rwanda, more than 12,000 high school students participated in the 19 holiday camps held during the months of July and August. The goal of these four-day-long camps is to support vulnerable young people in high school by building their skills in resilience and empowering them to develop self-confidence and gain knowledge and abilities to plan for a better future.
“The holiday camp enabled me to realize that I can be a good mentor to my peers and that I am also good when it comes to advocating for others,” says Nduwayezu JMV, a 21-year-old student who attended the camp.
JMV, who is finishing high school this year, has one big goal: pass the final national exams to gain entrance into one of the country’s universities. He says that the camp also taught him to put his goals in writing and set strategies to achieve them.
Josiane Mukamukwiye has also learned to set goals for herself. The 17-year-old high school student says that the camp help her broaden her horizons. “The camp helped me to have another vision for my life. I have confidence that I can do things. I had an idea in my heart to help other people and here I learned that I can also help other people even though I need help too. I also learned I have to contribute to the development of my country. The development of my country begins in my family. I have to work hard and do it with spirit,” she explains.
The 19 holiday camps that took place in Rwanda were part of CHF’s USAID/PEPFAR-funded health program “Higa Ubeho” which means “be determined to live” in the local kinyarwandan language.