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Street Children


In 2009 PREFER began working with vulnerable youth within the Musanze District. Many had never attended school and could not read or write and were currently living on the street begging or stealing for food and sleeping on the sidewalks in front of businesses or in the taxi park.   We offered the children a 3 month course in English and math and had 125 children register, ranging in ages from 6 years to 22 years of age.  After the 3 months we were able to place 90 in various schools in the District.  The local government made available 2 classrooms and 2 teachers in what was called “Catch Up Class” where students of any age could attend classes and attempt to catch up and re-enter regular classes.   In the 3 years since PREFER began this program many changes have occurred for these children.  Out of the original 125 children we first met 90 of them are attending school and living in a family environment, 14 of them are being sponsored by PREFER for their secondary education and 5 are attending Vocational training.  Some of the original 125 are now operating their own successful businesses.   We meet every Saturday morning for porridge and bread, a game of football or an English lesson.  PREFER continues to purchase all school supplies and medical insurance for any child attending classes  This program has shown us how much a hand up can change a life, the title “Street Children” no longer applies.....we have all decided we are now known as The Saturday Morning Crowd!

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