Population:10.62 millionLiteracy Rate:71%Religion: Roman Catholic (56.5%)
The Salesians are building a brighter future in Rwanda after a very difficult past. Many of the country's orphaned children are the tragic result of a violent civil war. Half of all children drop out of primary school and 2.2 million people – 22% of the population – face critical food shortages. Rwandans are anxious to move their lives and their country forward, but need substantial help to do so.
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In Rwanda, half of children who enroll in primary school don’t finish, according to UNICEF. Without education, youth face a future of unemployment or low-paying jobs.
However, with training at the Salesian Missions school in Gatenga, youth look to a brighter future. With skills in the latest technology and English, they will be able to find jobs to help them support themselves and their families.
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The people of Rwanda seek to move forward from their difficult past with the hope of their children. In fact, half of Rwanda’s citizens are under 18 according to UNICEF. In addition, Approximately 4 per cent of children aged 5 to 14 are working, mostly in domestic service and the informal economy.
Education will help these children reach their full potential. Today, Salesian Missions has 27 acres in Gatenga, a neighborhood in Kigali. There, youth and children have access to a primary school, a vocational school and recreational activities. Students have special interest in English classes and computer technical skills such as AutoCAD. Farming activities help ensure that the school is self-sustaining.
Students in Rwanda are taking the first steps to rebuild their lives – as well as their country
In Rwanda, food insecurity is a major issue, according to the World Food Program. At least 22 percent of households (2.2 million people) are food-insecure, and another 24 percent are highly vulnerable to food insecurity.
Today, Salesian Missions includes agriculture in its vocational training programs – to ensure that youth of Rwanda learn better agricultural practices as well as keep the school self-sustaining in the face of the country’s food shortages.
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