Education breaks the cycle of poverty. A college education makes the cycle of poverty history. Yet, university is prohibitively expensive for the children that Africa New Life serves. For young women, college is key to reversing the cycle of poverty, giving them a boost to become leaders in Rwanda.


The Esther College Scholarship program provides college education for exceptional young women who demonstrate Christian character, leadership and academic rigor. These women are genocide survivors, orphans, and the poorest of the poor.

This year 16 amazing women received this life-changing opportunity to continue their education. In addition to attending university, the women volunteer their time to improve the community where they live, receive leadership training and learn basic finance management.


The Esther Home, located in Kigali, houses 14 scholarship recipients while they attend school. An exceptional student acts as the Resident’s Assistant in the home; a House Facilitator ensures the young women are well cared for and manages the administration of the program. The young women live in community, participate in weekly devotions and share house tasks. For each of the women, the home is the nicest place they have ever stayed.


Hadassah’s Hope provides educational scholarships for women who have a place to live, but need assistance in covering college tuition. These young women attend Esther Home activities, but are able to remain with their families at night.


The Esther College Scholarship program extends beyond the 16 women in the program. The support these women receive has a positive impact on both their families – helped by the financial support given to their child – and their communities, as women graduating from college become leaders in the areas where they were raised. Ultimately, the Esther College Scholarship program is designed both to break the cycle of poverty for the scholarship recipients and help Rwanda as a nation rebuild.


Young women, who were once impoverished, now attend college and will become great leaders in Rwanda!

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