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Rwanda -The Association for the Assistance of Children

In 1994 Rwanda was left devastated by genocide. Over 800,000 people were killed in just 100 days. Just 21 years later Rwandans – survivors and perpetrators – are now living and working together in peace.

The AAC is a small Rwandan charity that supports 100 children and young adults living in extreme poverty on the streets of Rwanda. This is the post-genocide generation. Children that have grown up without parents, some of them having witnessed brutal acts of violence in 1994. For the last eight years the AAC have provided food, health-insurance, basic care, and counselling. They offer a home, a family, and the opportunity for development for those that have nothing. Having officially registered as a Rwandan NGO in 2011 they seek to provide school and vocational sponsorships as well as raising money for ‘Little Angels’ School in rural Rwanda.

Born to Thrive seeks to support Rwanda’s post-genocide reconciliation and the creation of a united Rwandan identity through the education and social integration of the children of the AAC, and in the future, many more. We believe a stable, prosperous, and hope-filled Rwanda can be maintained by teaching Rwanda’s children the lessons of genocide and the importance of self-development and unity whilst supporting them materially through food provision, medical care, shelter and schooling.

Kenya – Kikunduku Schools Project in association with Gap-Africa

Kenya is a country of contrasts – from the bustling streets of its capital city Nairobi to the silent sweeping beaches bordering the Indian Ocean. It is also a country of extreme wealth and poverty in equal measure.

The widening gap between the rich and the poor in Kenya has been named as one of the largest in the world and has been said to directly affect the standard of education received by those living in poverty. The Kikunduku Schools Project is a home-grown initiative which over the last 25 years has dramatically improved the lives of over 6000 children in rural Kenya by providing access to education, and school facilities that make learning easier and more enjoyable. As a sign of their success they are seeing increasing amounts of young adults attending university, and in turn, building better futures for themselves and their families.

Born to Thrive hopes to help grow the Kikunduku School Project to encompass more schools and more children, as well as continually improving school conditions and learning materials. We also endeavour to get the wider community involved in this project, understanding that standards of living must be improved for all.