The Rwandan Genocide of 1994 resulted in the loss of seventy percent of the Tutsi population and twenty percent of Rwanda’s total population. In the wake of this carnage, thousands of surviving children were left vulnerable to abandonment, violence, deprived of their human rights, exploited for their labor, denied their rights to an education and lived in a state of perpetual fear. All societal and family safety structures were decimated. Despite efforts that had been made to promote equal access to education, there are still so many children facing barriers towards accessing these opportunities. Without access to education, these children will continue to be caught in the cycle of violence and poverty.
Anike Foundation and Action d’aide aux Nécessiteux Veuves et Orphelins au Rwanda (ANEVORWA) are collaborating to launch the New Hope of Rwandans Children Education Project. The goal of the New Hope of Rwandans Children Education Project is to develop a private, non-profit day care, nursery school and primary school. The objectives are to:
- Standardize academic standards;
- Promote holistic growth of each child;
- Promote morality;
- Ensure capacity building; and
- Raise awareness of the plight of Rwandan children.
The school will serve 60 Rwandan children in the Musanze District in the Northern Province. A secondary school will also be launched at a later time. The New Hope of Rwandans Children Education Project is in alignment with the government’s Vision 2020 project to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction. The ultimate goal of Vision 2020 is to transform the country into a knowledge-based economy. Access to education is essential in order to achieve this objective. Together, Anike Foundation and ANEVORWA are providing children with a safe environment in addition to the tools necessary to escape the vicious cycle of poverty and exploitation. Through implementing the New Hope Education Project, Anike Foundation and ANEVORWA are sowing the seeds towards a brighter future for the nation of Rwanda and the healing of a generation.