How You Can Help

How You Can Help

There are several ways you can help the Rwandan Orphans Project to provide care, education and a future to orphans and vulnerable children. You could become a donor to the ROP, you could choose to make a long term commitment to assist us by sponsoring one of our children, or you could donate your time to us by becoming a volunteer. Whichever method of support you choose to provide you can be assured that you are making a big difference to the lives of our children. So please, feel free to browse the possibilities and thank you considering assisting the Rwandan Orphans Project.

Make a Donation

US or International

One-time donation


You may also donate by mailing a check to our office in San Diego. 

Rwandan Orphans Project
302 Washington Street #150-3957
San Diego, California 92103

United Kingdom

The Rwandan Orphans Project is a registered charity (1159768). If you would like to make a donation, you can do that directly into our bank account with the details below:

Account name: Rwandan Orphans Project
Bank: Co-operative Bank
Account number: 65755581
Sort code: 089299

Please remember to send us a quick email confirming we can collect Gift Aid on your donation, so it is worth 25% more to us. 

Click Here to Email Us

Alternatively, you can donate through Virgin Money Giving!

At the ROP we strive to get the most out of every dollar that we receive. Our staff members in the U.S. are all volunteers so we can assure you that 100% of your donation goes towards the care of the children living at the ROP Center in Rwanda. Whether you donate by check or via Paypal, your money first goes to the ROP bank account in America or the UK, where our U.S. based accountant records the donation.

We have a rigorous accounting system that ensures your money is looked after and accounted for at all stages. Our monthly accounting is overseen by our Rwandan accountant, our American executive director, who is based on the ground in Rwanda, and finally, by our American accountant.

It is a top priority for us that every penny that is kindly donated to our organization is used in the most efficient way possible and that the organization is completely transparent. With our limited funding we realize the importance of getting the most out of every donation.

The ROP is registered in the United States as a 501(c)3 non-profit charity (EIN 83-0506468), and as a registered charity in the United Kingdom (Charity #1159768). We are happy to issue prompt receipts of your donations for your tax reporting purposes

Sponsor a Child

One of the most rewarding ways to become an ROP donor is to make the long term commitment of sponsoring one of our children. This allows you to follow the story of a child whose life you are helping to change and allows us a steady donation to rely on to provide all the needs they require.

Sponsoring a child is simple. All we ask is that you commit to donating $35 (£20) each month for a basic sponsorship or $50 (£35) each month for an extended sponsorship by setting up an automatic monthly payment.

When you have made your first donation to the ROP you will receive a letter of gratitude thanking you for your sponsorship, some photos of the child you are sponsoring and some information about him. We will also send out updates on the children each year that includes news about the his or her progress and a recent photo.

US or International

United Kingdom

If you would like to make a long-term commitment to helping us give a child a stable life and a more promising future, please choose from the options below.

Basic sponsorship will help provide the basic needs of the children, such as clothing, medical treatment, food and other necessities. This option costs $35 (£20) each month.

Extended sponsorship will help us provide all the needs of a basic sponsorship, but also provides for the funding of the child’s education, including school fees and student materials. This option costs $50 (£35) each month.

Once you have made your first donation and we have confirmed the transaction you will receive a letter from us.

PLEASE NOTE: The money from your donation will go into the ROP’s general fund, which supports all of the children we care for, and does not go directly to any individual children. For reasons of privacy and respect to our children, we do not inform the children when they are sponsored and no communication between child and sponsor happens.

Donating Items

We are always in need of donations to help us provide for our children and to save costs.

If you have any questions concerning donating items or would like to know more about donating please contact us at

PLEASE NOTE: It is difficult for us to arrange to pick up donations from countries other than Rwanda. We sometimes have visitors or volunteers travelling from Europe or America who may be able to bring donations with them, but this depends on individual circumstances. If you are able to organise transport of the donations to Rwanda that is ideal. We can pick up the donations once they reach Rwanda. Due to recent changes in the Rwandan law, it is also difficult to receive donations through the mail, because we are liable to pay taxes once the donation reaches Rwanda.

PLEASE NOTE: The money from your donation will go into the ROP’s general fund, which supports all of the children we care for, and does not go directly to any individual children. For reasons of privacy and respect to our children, we do not inform the children when they are sponsored and no communication between child and sponsor happens.

  • SHOES, to fit children aged between 4 and 18
  • CLOTHES, to fit children aged between 4 and 18. We are in particular need of trousers, shorts, underwear, socks, belts, sweatshirts and shirts
  • LAPTOPS for our staff to use and for the computer classes we run for our children
  • MEDICAL SUPPLIES, including antiseptic cream, painkillers, bandages, antibiotics, hand sanitiser, fever reducer (particularly children’s varieties), eye drops, anti-allergy tablets, throat lozenges, gauze, wound coverings, medical gloves, vitamin pills, anti-fungal cream, anti-scabies cream
  • SPORTS EQUIPMENT including good quality footballs, volleyballs, pumps, tennis balls, tennis racquets
  • OFFICE SUPPLIES, including printer ink and paper, pens, folders, staplers
  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES, including notebooks, calculators, pens, erasers, pencil sharpeners
  • FURNITURE, including tables, chairs, beds, mattresses, filing cabinets
  • HOUSEHOLD GOODS, including sheets, towels, cooking utensils, plates, glasses, cups (plastic is particularly useful), cutlery, tools
  • ELECTRICAL GOODS, extension cables, a DVD player, a TV, speakers
  • ENTERTAINMENT, DVDs (particularly Jackie Chan films, cartoons like Tom and Jerry, Bollywood films, nature programmes etc), books (English, French and Kinyarwanda; storybooks, dictionaries, atlases, encyclopaedias, picture dictionaries, nature books, science books, history books, books of photos), maps, diagrams, newspapers, magazines, playing cards, Lego, puzzles, games, toy cars, stickers, marbles


  • Thanks to some recent large donations the ROP does not need any further donations of these items for the foreseeable future:
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Coloring pens
  • Band aids/plasters

Volunteer With Us

If you are a skilled, committed and dedicated worker who has something to offer the ROP and our kids, we would love to hear from you. You could come to Rwanda and volunteer at our Imizi Children’s Center or you could help spread the word about the ROP in your home area, encouraging others to get involved, and organising fundraising activities.

If you are interested in organising a fundraising activity in your area, please do! Email us at if you require any guidance, information or materials.

If you are interested in joining us out in Rwanda, please note that currently we are only accepting volunteers who can spend at least two months with us. This is for several reasons, but primarily to protect our children from a steady stream of relationships with volunteers that only last a few weeks or days.Before joining us, all volunteers are expected to:

  • Provide us with a copy of a police check from their home country
  • Provide a copy of their CV/resume
  • Read our volunteer guidelines and sign a copy to show they have understood them
  • Provide a detailed plan of how they want to spend their time with us.

Please note the following about volunteering at the ROP:

  • We welcome committed volunteers who are willing to spend at least two months with us on a regular basis (at least twice a week)
  • We ask that volunteers are self-starters who are prepared to work largely unsupervised
  • We prefer volunteers who can offer a tangible, transferable skill to the ROP staff or children. Skills and training you can offer may include medical and dental advice, life-skills workshops, teaching, languages, office management, accounting, music, and arts and crafts.
  • We are willing to accept shorter-term volunteers but this would have to be agreed on an individual case basis in advance
  • We expect volunteers to be comfortable working and living in the environment of a developing country
    Unfortunately we are unable to help with any expenses volunteers incur including flights or living expenses, and we are also unable to help with accommodation
  • We ask that any volunteers who can commit to our schedule and have firm ideas of what they can bring to our center email us at
  • You will need to send a proposal of what you would like to do, indicating how it could be of benefit to the ROP, along with a CV/resume.