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Project information

Helping Street Children in Rwanda

Every month Ubaka U Rwanda has to pay for the running costs of our centre which provides access to high levels of education, a loving home, covers medical costs and provides 3 substantial nutritious meals a day for 26 live-in street children, numerous drop-ins and others successfully placed in homes


Charity information: Ubaka U Rwanda

Ubaka U Rwanda logo
  • Need


    There are thousands of children and young people in Rwanda driven into living on the streets by the combined secondary effects of the 1994 genocide (HIV infected mothers, unwanted pregnancies from rapes, lack of an older generation, etc), abuse, neglect, substance abuse, the HIV crisis and extreme poverty. There are no social services to protect this vulnerable population and as such there is no way for them to escape the desperation of their situation without assistance.


    We founded a centre in 2008 that provides a desperately needed home for 26 homeless children and young people who have been orphaned, neglected or abandoned. The centre provides shelter, education and guidance. We also work to reunite children with their families where possible and so far we have helped 28 children return home, 14 of whom we continue to send to school. Our ultimate aim is to help street children to live a self sufficient life away from the street through access to education.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provision of basic needs at the Ubaka U Rwanda Centre


    » We provide housing, nutritious food 3 times a day, clothing, sanitation and medical care full time for 26 street children and youth.

    What success will look like

    Success will be providing a permanent, stable and loving home for over 50 children and young people at the centre for the short-term and back with families where it is possible.

    Aim 2

    Emotional support and rehabilitation


    » Our centre works as a community teaching vital life skills with support from qualified experienced staff helping them to reintegrate back into society

    What success will look like

    Success will be having over 50 street children and young people who are happy, emotionally well-rounded and productive, respected members of the local community.

    Aim 3

    Access to high levels of education and employment


    » Provide school fees and materials for primary, secondary or technical traning as appropriate. This will give the street youths access to employment.

    What success will look like

    Success will be having over 50 street children and young people in education, training, apprenticeships or employment.

    Aim 4

    Family reconciliation


    » Our centre is staffed full-time with our experienced project initiator and a psychologist who work with families and youths to enable reconciliation

    What success will look like

    The continuation of our success at reconciling street children and youths permanently with families where possible (currently we have achieved this with 28 street youths).

    Aim 5

    Working towards self sufficiency


    » We provide a gradual easing out from the centre into the community to insure the permanent change of situation for young adults who we help find work.

    What success will look like

    Success will be seeing young adults leaving our centre to become, self-sustaining, happy, healthy, productive members of the community.

  • Impact


    The boys and young men who have who have been helped by our centre will have a chance for a better life, through having being given safety at our home and become healthy, clean, loved, guided and formally educated they will have opportunities they never had before. Once having completed secondary school or technical training, Ubaka U Rwanda will provide interviewing training and assistance for finding employment they would not have had access to before.


    Without raising £18819 a year we are not able to pay for the running and upkeep of our centre. So far, thanks to your support we have been able to keep the centre open and provide 26 street children and young men with a home and helped 28 return home. We lessen the risk by applying to various trusts and organisations for additional funding, holding fundraising events, and promoting our child and young person sponsorship scheme.


    Our supporters receive regular newsletters detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities, and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans via email. Those who sponsor one of the children/young people receive personal letters and e-mails.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £18,819

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,084 Food Providing 3 nutritious meals a day for numerous hungry children and teens from the street
      £3,789 Rent Renting our centre which provides a home for street children
      £2,021 Utilities Electricity, water, charcoal for cooking
      £1,263 Medical Costs Medical insurance for all children, medicines etc
      £1,263 Staffing/admin Day to day running of the project, fundraising, etc
      £2,399 Basic Necessities Clothes, shoes, sanitary items (toilet paper, soap etc) etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    child sponsorship scheme £6,420 Guaranteed
    regular monthly giving £6,540 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our centre is located in the heart of Nyamirambo, Nyarugenge District in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. The area is renowned for it's drug culture, nightlife and high levels of prostitution, even within the capital. As a result it has a higher concentration of street children and youths than any other part of Rwanda.


    Those who will benefit from our project directly are the street children and youth of Nyamirambo and indirectly their families; when they are reconciled, and the police and local community who no longer have to deal with their petty crimes but have instead upstanding members who contribute positively. 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).

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our Centre Manager and Co-founder Evode Usabyamahoro grew up as a street youth following the genocide. Since turning his life around he has devoted his life to helping street children, and 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 and government, 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 the Rwandan NGO (Ubaka U Rwanda) and Centre Manager Of Ubaka U Rwanda.

    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.

Jack Samuel and Muneza showing their sponsor cards

Jack Samuel and Muneza showing their sponsor cards


you can sponsor a child or young person

I thought I would die in the street... so when Papa Evode found me and took me home I was very happy

Yves Gatoya aged 10