Rubavu is a lush and mountainous district located in western Rwanda, home to more than 403,000 people. With a predominantly female population, it is one of the most populated districts that lie on the shores of Lake Kivu. Rubavu was impacted by the 1994 genocide and has experienced prolonged instability due to its proximity to the unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Because of the insecurity in Rubavu, most children live in extreme poverty, struggle with famine, and cannot attend school even though it is mandatory. These children experience poorer health and a higher rate of HIV infection due to cross-border trading, drug activity, and prostitution.
AFRICA NEW LIFE IN RUBAVU
In fall 2016, Africa New Life launched its sponsorship program in Rubavu and saw more than 500 students sponsored within the first month through faithful church partners in the U.S. Construction began on a school, church, and sponsorship offices in Rubavu in February 2017. Friends of the ministry joined Africa New Life staff and leadership for a celebration of the community’s launch in March.Sponsor a Child in Rubavu
RUBAVU ON THE MAP