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Ministry Highlight: Rwanda
Posted By Web Team On February 10, 2012 @ 3:23 am In Country Staff | 13 Comments
We began our ministry in Rwanda in 1980 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2008, we started the Leadership Development Program, and the Child Survival Program followed in 2010.
We were forced to close temporarily due to the war and genocide, but reopened operations in September of 1994. The first country director was appointed in 1995. Also in 1995, our President and CEO Wess Stafford visited Rwanda in an effort to reunite churches and pastors who had been divided during the war.
Samuel Rugambage joined us as Program Manager in March 2005 and was appointed Country Director in 2006. Before coming to our ministry, Samuel served in various leadership positions at the Baptist Union of Churches of Rwanda, the Protestant Counsel of Rwanda and the Protestant University of Butare.
Samuel holds a master’s of Education, a master’s of Theology, and a Ph.D. in Theology.
Implementing Church Partners
Implementing Church Partners are local churches in Rwanda with whom we work to deliver child development programs and frontline ministry in the field.
They also volunteer for projects such as house construction for Highly Vulnerable Children or providing relief in the case of disaster.
Child Survival Program
We recently started the Child Survival Program in Rwanda. The program is currently working in eastern, southern and northern Rwanda as well as in the capital city of Kigali.
Child Sponsorship Program
Your sponsorship of a child in Rwanda provides a variety of benefits.
Children are busy with school during the weekdays so they meet on Saturdays.
They are also involved in Bible study, discipleship, and income-generating activities such as crocheting, tailoring and basket weaving.
Leadership Development Program
They also build at least four houses per year for vulnerable families near their universities and churches.
Compassion’s core Child Sponsorship Program, while comprehensive, cannot address all obstacles to a child’s healthy development. Compassion’s Complementary Interventions program works in harmony with the holistic child development model to provide additional services as needed, such as the AIDS Initiative, Bibles for All Children, disaster relief  and water projects.
In Rwanda we typically use Complementary Interventions for supplementary development activities that focus on child development, such as health, curriculum and Highly Vulnerable Children. We also use Complementary Interventions for program enhancement activities. This includes water supply, mosquito nets, income-generating activities, and infrastructure.
Highly Vulnerable Children
Primary Highly Vulnerable Children needs are food, clothing and shelter. We provide cottages, house renovations and food supplements. Highly Vulnerable Children funds also provide the means for beneficiaries to be self-supporting — mainly through income-generating activities.
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