On Saturday 25th May 2019, Seven United’s youth community service program joined together with the residents of Bumbogo, a community on the outskirts of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. The occasion was Seven United’s high school and university members gifting cows to four orphaned children, helping to improve the quality of life for the families who are raising these children.
The cows will provide the children’s adoptive families with milk as well as with manure—crucial in vegetable farming. Owning livestock means creating a sustainable source of revenue for the entire family and elevating the household economy.
Meet the children who received cows
After David Niyogisubizo’s family abandoned him, Eugenie Mukamana and Gerard Ruhamya took him in. The couple were struggling financially, however; as a result, David could not attend school at the age when he was meant to begin. Through Seven United’s support, David is now in his first year of primary school. He is a smart student, ranking among the top of his class.
At just 11 years old, Clementine Uwineza has already lost both her parents. She now lives with her aunt and, because of Seven United, is able to study and pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. Clementine is in her 4th year of primary school and is an excellent student with with an impressive 93% average.
Diane Iradukunda is 20 years old and has a special case of intellectual disability. She has had longstanding family issues, with a mother also struggling with significant mental health problems. Recognizing these difficulties, Diane’s neighbors adopted her and take care of her now. With the help of Seven United, she has now started at a specialized school where she is able to learn different routines and practice social interaction.
Emmanuel Twagirimana (not pictured) is 14 years old. Like Clementine, he is an orphan of both parents. The family of Joseph Twahirwa and Beatrice Mukarugambwa took him in as their own. Emmanuel is now in his 6th year of primary school, thanks to the support of Seven United. He is managing to do well in spite of numerous challenges in his life outside the classroom. He dreams of becoming a doctor.