In 1994, civil war ripped through the small central African nation of Rwanda, brutally separating nearly 1 million people in 100 days of genocide. Family separations and the death of parents orphaned many children who survived the massacres. These orphans lived in the bush, living in makeshift shelters of sticks and straw.
Fred Nkunda, a young Ugandan who came to Rwanda to help, struggled to rescue these desperate children, but he lacked the resources to address such a critical need. Thankfully, Mr. Nkunda found a partner in LIFE Outreach. In August 1998, LIFE dedicated the Rwanda LIFE Center in Gitarama. During construction, Mr. Nkunda became ill and died. LIFE named the center after him, honoring his incredible heart for the orphans of Rwanda.
Mission workers at the Fred Nkunda Rwanda LIFE Center are currently feeding, caring for and educating nearly over 100 orphans, managing a foster parenting program, providing basic health care to the community, training students in skills from farming to computer science, and nurturing an agricultural program.
With your loving support, LIFE can continue to offer life and hope – and most importantly – the love of God, to a nation once torn apart by war.