every child deserves a
home, hope, & opportunity.
A safe, stable home is the foundation of a healthy and happy childhood.
The Rwandan Orphans Project is a small charity that runs the Imizi Children’s Center, which is a transition center for former street children, a free primary school for local children from poor families, a program that supports vocational training for young men and women and a community center that provides social support to struggling families. We are located in Rwanda’s Eastern Province, approximately one hour from Kigali, the country’s capital.
At Imizi we provide housing, clothing, food, health care, education and many other needs to 200 vulnerable children from around Rwanda, as well as supporting the secondary and vocational training of young people. We also provide counseling, social interventions, skills trainings and other support to local families in our area and around the country.
We are able to provide these needs through the donations of individuals like you. The ROP relies on the charity of ordinary citizens and the support of our partners to achieve our goal of providing a safe place for children, free from desperation and the dangers of life on the streets, opportunities for youth and guidance and support for vulnerable people of all ages.
The Rwandan Orphans Project provides support to more than 250 vulnerable children and young people.
At the ROP we believe that every child has potential, regardless of their past. We provide their basic needs of food, shelter and security and give them an environment where they can laugh, play, make friends and most important of all, attend school. Upon arrival at the center, each young boy receives a new set of clothes, shoes and a medical checkup. Soon after he feels comfortable in his new home, we conduct an assessment interview to find out all we can about him – where he is from, if he has any living relatives, any health problems and how much schooling, if any, he has completed. This ensures that we can place him in the appropriate level in our school and that we can get him started on any medical treatment that may be required.
Our mission is to provide street children and vulnerable youth with a home, hope, and opportunities. We reconnect families to create stronger Rwandan communities. The ROP is a residential home for children who were previously homeless, or living in bad conditions. We offer full care and support to these children while we try to trace their families. We also support an additional 50 children to live within their families, by paying for tuition, school supplies and transportation costs, and sometimes other help, depending on the individual need. The ROP also provides free schooling to an additional 120 boys and girls from poor families in our local community.