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Sponsors have helped Rwandan children since 1980, when Compassion teamed up with churches in Rwanda to fight poverty.

Where in the World?

central Africa

Favorite ...

sports: soccer, volleyball, basketball

foods: plantains, sweet potatoes, meat skewers, mandazi (a doughnut-like snack)

celebrations: Kwita Izina (a gorilla-naming ceremony), Holy Week, Assumption, Boxing Day

Claim to Fame

has more women in government than any other country

Wild Residents

mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, chameleons, giraffes

Poverty Pitfalls

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Many people don't have electricity at home. Kids who don't have light at home can do homework at their Compassion centers instead.
Mosquitoes give people malaria, which can be deadly. Sponsored children at risk of malaria receive bed nets to keep out mosquitoes at night.
Families can't pay school costs. Sponsors help cover school costs so sponsored children can get an education and find good jobs as adults.

Fun Facts

a little smaller than Maryland

money: franc

home to Lake Kivu, one of the world's deepest

home to Volcanoes National Park, where many great apes live

Residents clean up their neighborhoods on the last Saturday of each month.

known for imogongo, unique art made with cow dung

Stat Snapshot


Rwanda ?? United States 🇺🇸


11,901,484 339,665,118

People Living in Poverty

39.1% 15.1%


Kinyarwanda, French, English, Swahili

English, Spanish, Chinese, other


Protestant 50.2%, Roman Catholic 44.3%, none 2.5%, Muslim 2%, other 0.9%

Protestant 46.5%, none/other 26.1%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah’s Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%

Typical Family Income

$2,100 per year $63,700 per year

MAIN SOURCE: World Factbook, 2018


My African Neighborhood


Neighborhood Field Guide


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A Place to Belong


Up for the Challenge


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Sponsored Kids’ Artwork

Reverend Mireku, leader of GH 312 - Shiloh Child Development Center, with 296 children, created a way for families to secure and generate an income by raising and selling rabbits in their community. He educates each child and family the basics of rearing rabbits for sale and food. This money is to help secure future and high education for the children. Through the center he teaches the importance of higher education and how to develop the business of selling rabbits. Reverend Mirekyu has also purchased through the center a plot of land in which his goals are to raise livestock and farm to benefit the center and the children.  A child, boy, youth, wearing a blue shirt, smiles as he holds his hand and gives a plant leaf, green food, feeding, taking care of, rearing, raising, rabbits, bunny, farm animal, brown and white bunny in a wooden cage, box, outside, outdoor bunny cage.  The cage is open and there is a lock on the side door.

Creatures Great & Small


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