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

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.)