After a long hiatus, ICCM returned to Rwanda in 2009. Our first unique opportunity came through the Amizero Study Center in Kigali. Amizero provides daycare and appropriate educational experiences for special needs children. Some have been mainstreamed into public schools after progressing through levels of care and instruction at Amizero. Others have profound physical and mental needs, so the primary benefits of the center are safety, kind interaction with caregivers, opportunities for play and exercise, and respite for their mothers, who usually serve them around the clock. Rushashi is a second special needs study center, begun as an extension of Amizero and now on its own. Catering to the needs of these special children and young adults is rare in most majority world countries, including Rwanda. To sponsor one of these children, please call our office.

Now ICCM sponsors children in five schools in Rwanda. Four of these are “Connected Communities,” where a school in Rwanda is paired up with a group in the United States, either a church or a conference. Several hundred children in rural, economically depressed communities are receiving a quality education with the support of sponsors and donors; without sponsorship, these children would have little chance of a good education.

stories from rwanda

Choosing Hope

written by Mark Logan, Northgate Pastor, Batavia, NY (blog excerpt) “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” Christopher Reeve August 22, 2019 It’s about 6:15 a.m. the door to my room is open to the outdoors. I am listening to the wonderful birds of Africa wake 

How I was Impacted by ICCM Sponsorship

Alice Bland is one of the people who influenced my life. She made an incredible investment in my childhood through ICCM sponsorship. I am who I am today or will be in the future because of sponsorship. How splendid to have received my sponsor’s first photo together 

Connected Communities in Rwanda

The Long Road Back

As the horrific events of April 1994 recede into the past for the rest of the world, Rwanda still remembers the Genocide every day. Such evil has rarely engulfed a nation. It cannot help but scar the soul of a people. Rwanda is on the 

“Amizero” Means Hope

In Rwandan culture, children with mental disabilities are stigmatized. This program for special kids is one of a very few aimed at bringing out the best in mentally challenged children and teens. Their parents are supported and equipped for their care; students learn life skills 

facts about rwanda

Languages: Kinyarwanda only (official, universal Bantu vernacular) 93.2%, Kinyarwanda and other language(s) 6.2%, French (official) and other language(s) 0.1%, English (official) and other language(s) 0.1%, Swahili (or Kiswahili, used in commercial centers) 0.02%, other 0.03%, unspecified 0.3% (2002 est.)

Religions: Roman Catholic 49.5%, Protestant 39.4% (includes Adventist 12.2% and other Protestant 27.2%), other Christian 4.5%, Muslim 1.8%, animist 0.1%, other 0.6%, none 3.6% (2001), unspecified 0.5% (2002 est.)

Population: 11,901,484 (July 2017 est.)

Median Age: 19 years

Literacy: (age 15 and over can read and write) Total: 70.5% Male: 73.2% Female: 68% (2015 est.)

School life expectancy: Total: 11 years Male: 11 years Female: 11 years (2013)

Percentage below poverty level 39.1% (2015 est.)