Over the past three years, through three project trips taken with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), I have fallen in love with Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills. I love the people there and it has been a joy to see two successful water distribution systems constructed through our EWB teams work in country. As my love for the country grows, my understanding of the needs there has also developed. This spring, I plan to return to Rwanda but with a different mission. Rather than focusing on engineering development, I will join Venture 2 Impact with a focus on education and community empowerment.
During my time as a volunteer, my team will be working with youth, young mothers and community members in one of the disadvantaged suburbs of Kigali. The objective of the program is to upskill our beneficiaries to help them qualify for better paying jobs. One of the biggest challenges in the community we are working in is child abandonment due to the economic insecurity of their parents – especially among single parents and young mothers.
Many of the young people come from disadvantaged families – meaning the poorest households. They have little opportunity to access computer lessons and often do not have basic computer literacy. The competitive educational and economic environment in Rwanda increasingly demands computer literacy skills. Computer lessons will give these young people the foundational skills necessary to compete favorably in the job market and work their way around educational activities. Having these skills will also contribute to their sense of empowerment in the job market, and empower their families and community economically. It will reduce poverty among young people and their households and enable them to improve their lives. Stronger families leads to reduced chances of family breakdown and child abandonment.
To be a part of this team, I must raise $2,000.00 towards our operation. Thank you for your support! Your gift is greatly appreciated!
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