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Annual Sneaker Drive

Seventh and eighth grader at the Christian Formation Student at St. Vincent Martyr Catholic Church in MADISON, NEW JERSEY are holding a sneaker drive for Rwandan Orphans through the holiday season. They will be collecting new or gently used sneakers in all sizes now. Please contact teacher Henry Page at EMAIL HERE


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Stories from Rwandan Orphans

Hello Good People;
To God Be The Glory;

I Am So Happy For You And Being Together With You In This Facebook Group. May God Bless You !! As A Rwandan Orphan Let Me Tell You The Summary Of My Testimony:” My Name Audace ( Known As Mugisha Rodrigue)

I Was Bon In 1990 In Eastern Of Rwanda. Due To Troubles And Discrimination Before 1994 Rwanda Genocide Against Tutsi My Parents Fled To Burundi In 1993; They Lived In Burundi For 3 Years And They All Died By Accident In 1996.
Thereafter I Was Adopted And Educated By Burundian Widow With Her 6 Children; The Life Was Extremely Complicated And After; That Widow Brought Me In Catholic Gospelic Helper Foundation Where I Started My Primary School At 7 Years Old. I Stayed There For 11 Years And Return Back To The Widow But Catholic Gospelic Helper Foundation Continued To Look After Me. In August 2010 My Widow Died And I Was Left With Her 6 Children We Started Bad Conditions Of Living. So After; Those Children Were Adopted By Their Families And I Was Left Alone…

In This Situation I Was Found In Complex Of Problem Such As Lacking Of Basic Needs And This Caused Me To Stop My Studies.Bcz I Never Knew Any One Of My Relatives In Rwanda After Stopping My Studies I Prefer To Come In Rwanda The Country Where My Parents Were From; And I Came In Rwanda After 18years I Lived In Burundi.I Tried To Look For Some Members Of The Family And Found That Many Of Them Died In 1994 Genocide And Others Exiled And Lived In Tanzania Since 1994 . I Started The Second Part Of Struggling Life Where In 2011; I Started A Horrible Life Without Any Support Or assistance From Anywhere. I Remember At My Arrival In Rwanda I Slept 12days Under Bridge. After This I Also Started Guarding Cows In Akagera National Park A Job I Worked For 17 Months. After Leaving This Job Which For Me I Consider Like A Job Of Death Bcz We Lived In Akagera National Park With Cows; Buffaloes And Other Wild Animals…

By Grace Of Almighty God
In 2012 I Meet MUKAMABANO Marie Claudine Through Facebook Social Network
She Told Me Her Testimony And Her Journey Of Orphanage How She Survived 1994 Genocide; She Told Me How She Tried To Overcome Sorrow After Loosing Her Parents And Families In 1994 Genocide; She Tried To Heal Me And Strenghned Me In All Possible Ways. So Referring To The Commitment And Bravery Of Marie Claudine I Leave A Bad Decision I Had Of Committing Suicide. Also Her Divices Helpt Me To Use Few Money I Got From The Job I Said Above And Used It To Pay The Rest Of My Secondary Studies And I Finished Them In 2014. After I Entered In Bad Situation Of Living With Lacking Of A Habitation( House) Foods And Health care Requirements.

This Picture Is A House I Lived In From 2013 Until The End Of 2015 It Was A House Isolated In Bushes Bcz It Was Located In A Rich Man’s Farm He Gave Me It To Live In It For Free But I Lived Together With His Goats; Rabbits And Hens And This Was A Miracle For Me To Find Someone Who Gives Me A House To Live For Free…

After This Wild Life Of Living Isolated With Goats; Rabbits And Hens MUKAMABANO Marie Claudine Helped Me To Leave There And She Tried To Pay Me 20000frw( 30 $) Monthly For A Good House And Some Basics Needs. But I Still Facing A Big Problem Of No To Have The Montly Payment Of A House Once Claudine Lacks How To Support Me I Can Return Back In Wild Life ; Also Lacking Of Durable Work So That I CanSolve Those Problem I Daily Face. But I Thank GOD THE ALMIGHTY AND MUKAMBANO Marie Claudine For Her Goodness To Rwandan Orphans.

PLEASE Good People Mukamabano Has A Big Burden To Help Rwandan Orphans; That Why She Needs Your Support And Ideas.I Also Ask For Someone He Who Has A Loving Heart To Care About Us Rwandan Orphans We Need You Because We Are Created In The Image Of God. As A Believer I Certainly Know That Every Work We Do By God’s Grace And Loving Heart Will Be Awarded.That Why I Beg You And Asking For You To Help Us Because You Will Be Awarded By The Almighty God.!!! Bless You All; Amen.!!!

This Was The Summary Of My Testimony Because It’s So Long And Have At Least 4 Chapters. Thanks You And God Bless You. I Live Now In Rwanda Country.
Your Rodrigue. Thank You & I Love You More In The Name Of Our God Amen!!!
Please Mr. RODRUIGEZ write everything about your story, because its gonna heal you and your wounds as well. STORYTELLING is one.of Powerful Tool to Heal Our Hearts. Thank You

I Did Not Pay My House Lent Because I Have No Money To Pay It I Need At Least 20000frw( 30$) Because I Pay Now This Sum Of Money Monthly. That Why I Beg You To Help Me Bcz Once I Will Lack Payment I Risk To Return Back In Past Horrible Life.But I Have A Hope That God Will Do A Miracle Bcz I Have You And You Cannot Let Me Being Ashamed. May God Bless You!!!

As I Told You I’m Daily Facing Hard Life However My God Helps Me To Be Strong. Last Time I Said That I Have A Problem Of House Lent I Need At Least 30$ Monthly To Pay A House. Sometimes I Receive This Money From Marie Claudine. So Now; The Deadline Will Be On 28th Of This February.May God Strengthns You!!!
Hello!!! Be Blessed In Jesus Name. As I Told You Last Time I Have A Problem Of How I Can Pay A House Lent; I Sometimes Ask For Marie Claudine To Assist Me; And This Looks Like To Become Her Burden Bcz She Cares About Many Other Orphans Like Me.So Now 5 Days Are Remaing Inorder To Pay A House.In Brief I Don’t See Where The Payment Will Come From.That Why I Am Asking For Your Assistance Please.May God Bless You. Amen!!!



“For children like us who live in child headed households, when we have no parents, we live under very difficult conditions; life is very hard and there are times when we are actually even starving,” says Justine.

According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are more than one million orphans in Rwanda. The highest proportion of these were orphaned as a result of the genocide in 1994, however since then, increasing numbers of children are being orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS.

It is common to see older children raising younger ones by themselves in post-genocide Rwanda today. After the genocide, Rwanda had among the highest proportions of child-headed families in the world — some 42,000 households struggling to raise an estimated 101,000 children.

Many of these children do not go to school or eat regularly. Some, as a result of the widespread rape during the genocide and the increased spread of HIV/AIDs, are now falling ill themselves. Many are at risk of exploitation and abuse. It is a generation that has lost its childhood and whose future is very much at risk.


One of the greatest challenges facing Rwanda today is how to care for its massive population of orphans. According to the UNICEF office in Rwanda, there are more than a million orphans in the country. The high proportion of orphans has roots in the genocide of 1994. Since the genocide, increasing numbers of children are being orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. In Rwanda it is common to see older children raising younger ones by themselves. Tens of thousands of children in Rwanda are forced to eke out a living on the land without help from adults. For the past seven years, UNICEF and Rwanda’s Ministry of Social Affairs have been helping children gain specialized skills in agriculture and providing them with tools and other supplies.



As expected, the chances of being in school are higher among children with both parents alive than among those who have lost at least one parent– almost 76 percent, compared with 72 percent. The data suggest that the gap between orphans and nonorphans is driven largely by the shortfall in participation for orphaned girls. The participation rate for orphaned boys was less than 1 percentage point lower than for boys with both parents alive, but the corresponding shortfall was more than 5 percentage points for girls. Closer examination of the data suggests that children who had lost their mothers, even if they had not lost their fathers, were most at risk of not attending school. Their participation rate was 71 percent for boys and 64 percent for girls. For children who had lost only their fathers, the rates were 77 percent for boys and 72 percent for girls.

  • An estimated 11% of all females, or approximately 535,000 women, living in Rwanda at the time of the genocide were victims of a concerted rape campaign.
  • During the course of the rape campaign, an average of 4 women were violently sexually assaulted, most of them by HIV+ men, every minute of every hour of every day for 100 consecutive days.
  • More than 67% of women who were raped in 1994 during the genocide are now facing death from AIDS.
  • As a direct result of the 100 days of death and violence in 1994 there are more than 60,000 widows living in Rwanda, caring for more than 200,000 orphans.
  • Otherwise stated, 3.25% of the total Rwandan population is orphans whose parents died from AIDS.
  • By the end of 2001, there were 500,000 people in Rwanda living with HIV or approximately 13% of the population. That equates to more than 1 out of every 10 people suffering from HIV or AIDS.
  • From World Fact Book 2006


    Rwanda has a population of 7.8 million, 3.3 million of whom are children less than 15 years old (BUCEN, 2003). Infant mortality in 2001 stood at 96 deaths per 1,000 live births and under-five mortality at 183 deaths per 1,000 live births (UNICEF, 2003) UNAIDS estimates that adult HIV prevalence was 8.9 percent in 2001 and that 65,000 children aged 0 to 14 were living with HIV/AIDS.

    National Orphan Population: various estimates and projections of the percentage of children who are orphans (losing one or both parents due to all causes, including HIV/AIDS) are high

    • 21.6 percent (1995)
    • 17.5 percent (2001)
    • 16.8 percent (2010, projected) by Children on the Brink 2002
    • 9.6 percent (1992) and 26.8 percent (2000) by the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS)
    • and 28 percent (2000) by the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS). In addition, the percentage of children who are double orphans (having lost both parents) is also high when compared to other countries. The data support the consensus that the number of orphans in Rwanda is likely to increase throughout the decade and reach 687,000 by 2010 (Children on the Brink 2002.)

    Orphans Due to AIDS:

    The estimated percentage of children orphaned by AIDS, as opposed to other causes increased from 24.7 percent of all orphans in 1995 to 43.1 percent in 2001. If current trends continue, it is projected that by 2010 half of Rwanda’s orphans will be orphaned by AIDS.

    Sub-National Orphan Populations:

    The percent of orphaned children in Rwanda does not vary widely among sub-national regions. In all of Rwanda’s five sub-national regions, the percentage of children who are orphans is higher than 20 percent. The Southwest region has the lowest percentage of orphaned children (20.5 percent of all children), while all other regions are between 25 and 31 percent, with the Northwest region highest at 31.2 percent. In all regions, the percentage of children whose fathers have died (paternal orphans) is much higher than in other countries. Between 1992 and 2000, the percent of children who had lost either one or both parents more than doubled in all regions of the country, with the Northwest region experiencing a fourfold increase. Double orphans (children who have lost both parents) increased significantly in all regions as well.

    Methodologies for Estimating Orphans:

    Differences among the orphan estimates and projections of various organizations occur due to differences in methodologies, definitions (of ‘orphan’ for example), and demographic and epidemiological assumptions. On the one hand, Children on the Brink and UNAIDS estimate the number of orphans using mathematical models, estimations, and projections based on certain assumptions about the impact of HIV/AIDS on adult mortality, fertility, and child survival. These assumptions are likely to lead to overestimations of female HIV prevalence and mortality. Surveys such as DHS and MICS, on the other hand, are based on data gathered through household surveys of representative samples of the national population. However, these surveys may underestimate the number of orphans because they fail to count orphans in institutions or on the street. In addition, surveys may underestimate the number of orphans if parental survival status is unknown.

    For more info on this subject refer to this list of resources and this report.