Educating the children is a top priority of ARDR because more than 50% of Rwanda’s population is children and most of them do not attend school. They instead spend a large portion of their day pumping and carrying water, gathering fire wood and cooking meals for their families.
ARDR’s sponsorships enable children to attend school in a simple one-room mud-block school building to begin their journey to a better life. The sponsorships also provide school uniforms (made by the Women’s Association) and medical insurance providing coverage for illness and injury.
ARDR works closely with the local government to determine the most-needy children for sponsorship consideration. As a result, ARDR currently has 380 children in their program for which they are seeking financial support.
ARDR Allies has set a goal to raise enough funds in 2014 to purchase land and build a new school building in an area centrally located to the children ARDR supports. Children currently walk long distances and are required to cross busy roads to get to school, potentially putting them in harm's way. To that end, ARDR has already experienced a critical accident (February 2014) with one seven year old child who was hit by a truck as she was leaving school. Fabiola suffered a compound fracture of her left arm and she lost a tooth in addition to numerous abrasions...she is currently recovering.