Our project supports street children by providing them with basic needs (food, shelter, healthcare) rehabilitating them through counselling, providing them with education (either formal or vocational) as well as extracurricular activities (arts, sports, computer training) and then reintegrates the children back into society either by tracing their families, reconciling them and providing ongoing support. Alternatively if the child is old enough we help them to find jobs and live independently.
In Rwanda many families continue live in poverty, over twenty years after the horrific genocide that took place in 1994. The genocide left millions of people traumatised and several parents were unable to cope. Aside from orphans, children run to the streets to escape poverty at home, domestic violence, abuse and in search of a better future and more independent life. Conditions on the street are harsh and children face violence, hunger and often turn to drugs as an escape from their reality.
Les Enfants de Dieu recruits children from the streets, alleviates their poverty and provides them with education or vocational skills, counselling and good values. The centre can accommodate approximately 100 children at any one time. Once a child has been rehabilitated and provided with basic education or skills, they are reintegrated back into the community. The project continues to support the child after they have been reintegrated e.g. paying fees until the child finishes studying.
We provide destitute, vulnerable children with opportunities to mature into valuable and respected members of society. Not only does this provide a lifeline for these children and their families but the beneficiaries are able to contribute effectively to the development of their country. The project has been running for over 14 years and many of our children have completed their studies to secondary or university level. Others work as waiters, hairdressers, mechanics and some are business owners