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Project information

Giving Street Children a Future Through Education

Giving Rwandan street youth a way off the streets through access to education. This covers access to higher education: secondary schooling to GCSE level for all, and either A level or vocational school training equivalent. This combined with paid internships secures their future is forever changed.

January 2019 - October 2019

Charity information: Ubaka U Rwanda

Ubaka U Rwanda logo
  • Need


    According to UNICEF 43% of Rwanda's population are under 15 & a disproportionate number (44%) are below Rwanda's poverty line/in extreme poverty. These high numbers combined with no proper social services system, HIV levels & secondary effects of the genocide lead to high numbers of troubled street children who have no way to escape their desperate situation without being provided a home, access to education, healthcare and so on. We strive to find a permanent way off the streets for them.


    The Ubaka U Rwanda Centre currently provides substantial nutritious meals 3 times a day, full medical care and a loving home environment alongside it's rehabilitation and reconciliation services, for 26 street youth & 25 regular attendees for our drop-in services. However it is also essential that they are given a permanent way out of the streets by sending them to school. Education, especially further education, lets them escape the poverty trap, enter gainful employment & be self-sustaining.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide access to education to 37 street children.


    » Pay school fees for 28 street children to attend primary schools
    » Pay school fees for 9 street youth to attend secondary and / or vocational schools

    What success will look like

    Success will be 28 street children having finished an academic year at primary & 9 street youths having finished secondary/specialist training courses.

    Aim 2

    To provide necessary school equipment for 37 street children


    » Provide school uniforms & materials; including books, uniforms, bags, mattresses, tool kits and transportation for 37 street youth to attend school

    What success will look like

    Success will be 42 street youth having all the resources they require to successfully attend their prospective schools.

    Aim 3

    To provide necessary housing, food, medical attention, emotional support and rehabilitation


    » Continue to provide this at and through the Ubaka U Rwanda centre

    What success will look like

    Success will be not only the continuation of this at the centre but these former street children and youths going on to live happy successful working and personal lives.

    Aim 4

    To pay for placements on internship schemes to help the transition to self-sustainability


    » Coordinate with local businesses relevant to their chosen fields of study (e.g. those studying mechanics garages) and arrange practical experience

    What success will look like

    Completion of three months internship programs in their chosen fields gives them real work experience, making them more employable, most this year were retained on completion.

  • Impact


    42 street youths lives will be changed through gaining access to education they would otherwise not have received, success will be clearly seen when they go on to hold down employment they previously had no access too. The local community is changed as the numbers of street children begging, taking drugs and stealing is reduced whilst positive exposure via reintegration (e.g. shared schooling & community activities) creates better awareness and sensitivity toward the populace.


    The first risk is the possibility of the population dropping out of school. We counteract this by their living at the centre for a year before enrollment, an intial partial day school attendance system, regular meetings with teachers and tutoring at the centre. The second risk is that we won't raise enough money for all of them to attend school. We try to minimise this by seeking multiple sources of funding, negotiating with schools and limiting the number of children and youth we help.


    We will report to donors largely via email unless otherwise specified, and will do so with monthly updates, as well as on our website. Those who join the sponsorship program will also receive personal letters and updates from their child or young person.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,281

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,226 school materials Notebooks, Text books, uniforms etc for 37 street youths
      £460 primary school fees School fees, contributions etc for 28 children
      £4,271 Secondary/Technical schooling School fees for 7 technical/secondary schooling, including internships
      £518 Boarding School Materials Mattresses, uniforms, utensils etc for those in secondary/technical boarding schools
      £288 Transport & Communications School visits, communications and liasing
      £518 Reserve Medical costs while boarding, unscheduled school visits, unanticipated costs asked by schools
  • Background


    Our centre is located in the heart of the Nyamirambo, Nyarugenge District near Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. The area is renowned for it's drug culture, nightlife and high levels of prostitution. As a result it has a higher concentration of street children and youths than any other part of Rwanda. Nyamirambo is an extremely poor area (half the population of Rwanda live on less than a $1 a day, and this rate is even higher in Nyamirambo).


    Those who will benefit from our project directly are the street children and youth of Nyamirambo. Indirectly their families, when they are reconciled, and the police who no longer have to deal with their petty crimes but have instead upstanding members who contribute to society. The local community benefits from getting to know these amazing children in a positive way, by their inclusion in local schools and participation in community activities, which in turn reduces prejudice.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our Centre Manager and Co-founder Evode Usabyamahoro was a street youth following the genocide. Since turning his life around he has devoted himself to helping street children. It was his initial project which formed the base of Ubaka U Rwanda. It is largely because of his hard-work, compassion and success that Ubaka U Rwanda has been able to form such positive relationships with the local schools, community, government and police, which in turn has made us very successful at rehabilitation.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Evode Usabyamahoro

    Co-founder of Ubaka U Rwanda, President of Ubaka U Rwanda, Rwanda & Centre Manager Of Ubaka U Rwanda which involves coordinating the education project

    Rebecca Usabyamahoro (Shrubsole)

    Co-founder of Ubaka U Rwanda and Rwandan Project coordinator. Also a qualified psychologist. Both persons are full-time live-in staff at the centre


will buy a primary school child's uniform

When I go to school I play with friends, I relax and I get to learn so many things!

Gabriel aged 14