In 1994 an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were slaughtered in the space of a hundred days. What befell the country over 16 years ago now seems inconceivable and though weapons and people have been laid to rest, the impact of the Genocide is sadly still evident. By volunteering with Quest you will be directly involved in the building of a new home and shelter for children that have been affected by the genocide and are living on the streets.
Rwanda lost approximately a tenth of its population in the Genocide, resulting in many children being orphaned. A large number of children have also been born in prison or abandoned as unwanted offspring of a rape: they have been left to fend for themselves and have no one. In 2003, an ex-street child named Evode Usabyamahoro started an initiative to help boys living on the street. Through local donations he was able to rent a small house in Kigali. 4 small rooms with inadequate toilet facilities and crowded and basic living conditions are better than no home at all but the boys deserve more. You can help Quest to build a much-needed new home.
This is a challenging project both mentally and physically, so we will be taking a few weekends away. As well as enjoying the hustle and bustle of Kigali, seeing the sights and experiencing the culture, we will take the opportunity to visit the shores of Lake Kivu on the border with the Congo or perhaps spending a night in the Nyungwe Forest National Park.
The main purpose of this project is in the construction of all elements of a home from toilets to dormitories. This is to ensure that your efforts are felt long into the future not just for the time that you are there. There will be significant interaction with the boys but we don't want to re-enforce abandonment issues that they already have; these children are emotionally very fragile and we are determined to have only a positive impact on them. If you want to know more about volunteering on this project please call 01273 777206 and ask to speak with Simon.