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Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)

OVERVIEW

The Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) project aims to protect and improve the lives of kids at risk by securing their access to education through educational assistance, mentorship, and financial support. Support this project with financial contributions and prayer.   

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Association des Eglise Baptistes au Rwanda (AEBR) 

The Situation

Many orphans and families were left vulnerable from the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi community. In addition to healing from a traumatic past, numerous families in the rural areas of Rwanda struggle with extreme poverty. Those living in rural areas rely on farming, yet often have an insufficient amount of land, with the problem of soil degradation that does not produce a reliable crop. Children are burdened with the responsibility of running the household and assisting in earning income for their siblings or family. In these circumstances, the dropout rate and the rate of children unable to access education are high. In schools, children often do not receive adequate learning material. Adolescents experience a lack of food security, support systems, and protection from exploitation due to poverty and the after-effects of the genocide.

AEBR, in partnership with CBM, strives to provide these vulnerable children with support, education, and hope that comes from the gospel proclaimed through word and deed.    

OVERVIEW

The Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) project aims to protect and improve the lives of kids at risk by securing their access to education through educational assistance, mentorship, and financial support. Support this project with financial contributions and prayer.   

The Situation

Many orphans and families were left vulnerable from the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi community. In addition to healing from a traumatic past, numerous families in the rural areas of Rwanda struggle with extreme poverty. Those living in rural areas rely on farming, yet often have an insufficient amount of land, with the problem of soil degradation that does not produce a reliable crop. Children are burdened with the responsibility of running the household and assisting in earning income for their siblings or family. In these circumstances, the dropout rate and the rate of children unable to access education are high. In schools, children often do not receive adequate learning material. Adolescents experience a lack of food security, support systems, and protection from exploitation due to poverty and the after-effects of the genocide.

AEBR, in partnership with CBM, strives to provide these vulnerable children with support, education, and hope that comes from the gospel proclaimed through word and deed.    

How We Are Helping

Here are some essential tools AEBR in partnership with CBM provides for kids at risk:  

Mentorship  

Local mentors advise, encourage, and advocate for participating children to protect those vulnerable to exploitation. Mentors are supported through training in caregiving.   

Funds and learning materials 

Children receive the means to access education in their communities with adequate funds and materials. Providing these essentials improve school attendance and performance.   

Training that empowers 

Graduates receive the knowledge and skill to start their projects in their communities. Further, students are educated on human rights and given the means to advocate for themselves.   

Photo of a Rwandan woman in a crop field
Photo of a young Rwandan boy smiling

The Impact of Our Work

Michel is the last-born of eight children and is studying motor vehicle mechanics in his final year of high school. Michel was raised by an unemployed single mother that receives help from his older brothers. Living on a small plot of land, the family grows potatoes but cannot harvest enough food to feed the family, let alone sell for profit. Michel used to get chased out of school because he was unable to pay for his school fees, resulting in him falling behind in school. The project covers his school fees and provides for his school materials while also providing relational and vocational training support through the project.  

“I benefit a lot from the project, mostly due to school fees and lots of useful advice from our mentors. With the help of God, I wish to open my garage and employ my classmates and other people. When I become successful in that, I will take care of my family, especially my mother who is getting old.”  
“This project brought a lot of help to this community, but there is more that can be done. Especially due to this pandemic, we not only want to help with getting food and clothes but also to help them create small businesses that could give them a source of income.”
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