Struggling to Survive
Margaret is a middle-aged single mother. Her first husband was killed during the Genocide, and her second husband died from AIDS after infecting her and two of their sons. She’s the only member of her family to survive the Genocide, and her deceased husband’s family has been unhelpful and even antagonistic, leaving her completely alone as she tries to provide for the family.
Struggling to make ends meet, Margaret and her children are frequently forced to move from house to house if she has not been able to make enough money to pay for rent. Food, clothes, school fees, and housing take primary importance; anything left over goes to paying debts and providing for next month’s needs. The Yego-Rwanda Foundation has intervened to help her care for her four oldest children.
John is 15 years old, plays football (soccer), and dreams of one day playing for the national team or becoming a political leader.
Charlotte is 13 years old, enjoys playing volleyball at her school, and hopes to raise enough money to attend medical school.
Sheila is 10 and also dreams of becoming a medical doctor one day.
Ivan, also 10, plays soccer just like his older brother and looks forward to joining the military and being promoted to the rank of Major General.
Ndera is home to some of the poorest people in Kigali. Linda and her six children live there in great need and depend on support from the local community.
Linda and her family’s situation is so desperate that the local administration has allocated Umuganda, a monthly workday mandated by the national government, to assist her as one of their work projects. They have also provided her with some support for her children to attend school, but her needs still outweigh the help she has received.
Stephen (pictured above) is 21 years old and has recently finished high school. He hopes to go on to a university to become a civil engineer.
Daniel (pictured above) is 19 and has reached 10th grade, but he had to drop out of high school to help the family make money.
Sherri is 17. She had to drop out of school in the 5th grade.
David is 15 and is in the 9th grade. He dreams of becoming a medical doctor.
Melody (pictured above) is 13 and is in the 7th grade. She wants to go to university to become a teacher.
Taylor will soon turn 10 and is in the 3rd grade.
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