There are between 300,000 to 400,000 survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Most of whom have experienced fear, terror and loss in a way that changes their lives forever. The children who survived have lost their families, their homes and many have lost their hope. How do you sleep at night when you are afraid? Who will provide a home for you? Where is your support?
Despite enduring unimaginable trauma, hundreds of genocide survivors graduate near the top of their high schools each year. After finishing high school, most impoverished Rwandan students do not have the opportunity to attend a local University. Due to a lack of funding, academic support and community involvement these talented students are unable to fully realize their potential. These top scholars have already made it so far and are reaching to finish the last mile of their education. They have the grit that will push them to reach their goals, and YOU have the opportunity to help them get there.
Only 5% of university aged Rwandans end up in University. Yet higher education is proven to increase access to water, electricity, health care, a stable home life and income. Through their University education these students can lift their families out of poverty and find hope in their futures.
These Numbers Have Faces provides Leadership Loans and Community Impact Programming to genocide survivors in Rwanda. Leadership Loans are granted to high achieving scholars from impoverished communities to attend top African universities. Graduates then reinvest a portion of their loan for new scholars to attend college behind them. Alongside their university education, scholars complete community service, leadership and entrepreneurship training, and are welcomed into a supportive family of friends.
It costs $3,200 to send a student through their first year of University. This includes books, transportation, and our Community Impact Programs.
Please join us and invest in Rwandan students to lead and empower their country.