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A glimpse of what your sponsored child’s life is like in Rwanda:

HOME LIFE
  • Most people live in individual family homes surrounded by banana groves and fields. Collections of families living on a single hill has historically been a central social and political unit.
  • Marriage is an important social institution in Rwanda, and there is high social pressure to marry and have children. Children are considered a sign of wealth.
  • Common Rwandan food consists of beans, bananas, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and sorghum. Dairy products are popular, and those who can afford to eat meat consume beef, goat, and chicken
child in rwanda

SCHOOL AND EDUCATION

  • In sub-Saharan Africa, Rwanda is one of the top-performing countries in education with 98% of children enrolled in primary school.
  • The school year runs from January to November. Although school tuition is free and compulsory for all children aged 7 to 13, students must pay for school uniforms, materials, and transportation.
  • The size of schools varies, but normally there are 50 to 70 students in each class. Fewer students can afford to continue in the upper classes.
classroom in rwanda

RWANDAN CULTURE

  • Rwandans have an elaborate system of salutation that varies depending on the relative social rank and familiarity of the greeters.
  • Music and dance have always been an integral part of Rwanda culture and a feature of ceremonies, festivals, and storytelling. Traditional instruments include stringed instruments similar to the lyre or harp and drums, flutes, and horns.
  • Football (soccer) is the most popular sport.
futbol game in rwanda - food for the hungry

COUNTRY INFO

Rwanda is a sovereign state in central-east Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland, although it is also the most densely populated. Rwanda is in the African Great Lakes region and is highly elevated; its geography is dominated by mountains in the west and savanna to the east, with numerous lakes throughout the country.

  • Capital: Kigali
  • Population: 11,918,00
  • Language: Kinyarwanda, French, and English
map pinpointing rwanda

FH IN RWANDA

In 1994, FH responded to the serious humanitarian crisis caused by the Rwandan genocide. Afterwards, FH implemented emergency programs to unify children with their families, as well as agriculture interventions, emergency food and item distributions. Since 2001, FH has focused efforts on long-term development work including livelihoods, food, and education.

Rwanda landscape

YOUR SPONSORSHIP PROVIDES: 

  • Training on advanced farming techniques, and health and nutrition.
  • The creation of savings groups to help families save more and take out loans when needed.
  • School materials and improved classrooms, desks, latrines, and clean water.
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If you need assistance, please contact us at donorhelp@fh.org or 866-307-3259.

Gift Policy:
You may send small, flat paper-based items that can fit into a standard #10 size envelope, have a value of less than $5 dollars and weigh less than 4 ounces. We ask that you send small, flat items of this size because shipping is expensive and even small gift items can cause issues clearing customs.
You can send postcards or photographs, however, we ask that you visit here for more details about culturally appropriate guidelines for photos and other images. Please write the child’s ID # on the back of each item that you enclose with your letter to ensure that it reaches him/her.
 
Best gifts to send your sponsored child:
  • Paper dolls
  • Postcards
  • Pictures of yourself or family
  • Sports cards, individual cards (baseball, soccer, football)
  • Stickers (flat, paper-based, only a few at a time)
  • Paper-based simple bookmarks, stationery, drawing, or writing paper (single sheets)
  • Coloring pages (single sheets, not books)
  • Please do NOT send:
  • Monetary gifts
  • Liquids, candy, or food
  • Batteries or magnets
Please note, all items should be compliant with airline transport and safety regulations. Gifts that don’t meet the gift policy will be donated to a local Christian non-profit organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that works with low-income families. We will not be able to return them.