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Help Us Eliminate Child Hunger In Rwanda

THE POWER OF FOOD

The power of food has always been immense, but the need for food has never been more dire in Rwanda. Because many parents in Rwanda’s poorer communities receive their income through temporary labor, the economic slowdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic means many families will have limited or no income coming in to buy even basic food staples with. Starvation is a very real possibility for many.

In the midst of this need, Africa New Life has responded by providing immediate food relief, hygiene products, and other forms of care throughout our communities for the past eight months. Your gift to our food fund helps us support the families in most urgent need around Rwanda, as well as students who may get their ONLY meals of the week at our schools. 

“When we get home there is not much or nothing to eat. So we sleep and wait for tomorrow to come back to school and get another lunch.”

Kayitesi Cynthia

The price of food in Rwanda has doubled in only a few years! Whether because of sheer poverty or because of land scarcity or drought conditions, many families in Rwanda struggle to find enough food to eat consistently. Africa New Life’s school lunch program is changing lives one meal at a time by serving daily nourishing meals to students at the schools we manage. Our goal is to see that all students are receiving healthy lunches that can keep them growing and learning regardless of what’s available at home!

 

BECOME A MONTHLY FOOD CHAMPION

You can change the life of a child with the gift of food! Becoming a monthly food donor is THE most effective way to help children who need it most. Monthly gifts help sustain the school lunch program at Africa New Life, ensuring that we can continue to provide nutritious, consistent meals to students who need them. When you become a monthly food partner with a recurring gift of $25 or more each month, you’ll get to see the power of your generosity in action through periodic stories and updates from our school lunch program.

Or, consider a one-time gift of $25, $100, or more! Your gift multiplies rapidly to feed students experiencing hunger and poverty!

Photo by Serrah Galos for Africa New Life

Kayitesi Cynthia

Kageyo Student

At 13 years old, Kayitesi Cynthia has a kind smile and gentle eyes that speak of experience and maturity beyond her years. When she laughs, the child reappears for a moment in her face. One of three siblings, Cynthia is a student in grade 5 who lives at home in the community of Kageyo. Her family, like many Kageyo families, faces deep poverty in an area where food is scare, droughts too frequent, and consistent work hard to and.

“My parents don’t have sustainable jobs to be able to feed us. Like many of us, me and my siblings survive on Africa New Life meals, the meals we get here at school.”

At Rwisirabo Public Primary School, given to Africa New Life by the Rwandan government to manage in 2013, nutritious lunches are served each day for students like Cynthia. Ingredients such as rice, beans, maize (corn) porridge, greens, vitamins, and occasionally chicken offer these young people the opportunity to feel physically whole and mentally alert. For too many students, the warm school lunch is the only meal they’ll get all day.

“When we get home there is not much or nothing to eat. So we sleep and wait for tomorrow to come back to school and get another lunch.”

For Cynthia and so many of her classmates, food provides not only survival but also opportunity. With a nutritious meal in their bodies, the education they’re at school to receive can start to mean something. With the physical stamina to concentrate, they can learn and equip themselves for a better future, a future free of hunger, not dependent on local weather or agricultural conditions, not tied to whether there’s a meal for the day and where it will come from.

“Without food I wouldn’t be able to study or focus on anything. In my classes before lunch, sometimes I doze off because I didn’t get food the night before or in the morning. My class after lunch is so good because I am able to focus and learn so many things.”

Like so many children in Rwanda, Cynthia goes to bed hungry far too often, but the knowledge that there will be food for tomorrow gives her hope for today.

Our Impact

Founded and run by Rwandans

10,000+ children sponsored

350+ university and post-secondary vocational students supported

2,000,000+ meals provided annually

2nd largest private hospital in Rwanda

500+ students enrolled at Africa College of Theology

ECFA

Africa New Life Ministries International (USA) is accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.