PROVIDING HOMES FOR CHILDREN
Unlike traditional orphanages, our housing program consists of intimate homes, headed by a responsible adult, with a maximum of six children each. This ensures that our children receive the love and attention they deserve. We believe this to be the foundation for a healthy life.
Our child sponsorship program makes this possible, as 100% of sponsorship donations go directly to the support of the individual child.
We work to help families become self sufficient. Our goal is to reintegrate street children back with family members. In Bugasera and around Rwanda, we provide families with basic necessities and counseling services to develop their capabilities. We rebuild and rehabilitate homes so that families will have access to safe and secure shelter. We provide training on farming techniques and specialized skill training such as sewing and carpentry courses.
We provide uniforms, books, fees and tuition for children to attend public and private schools. We provide computer access as well as individual tutors and English language lessons. We also support and sponsor recreational activities such as soccer and traditional dance, hiring coaches when appropriate.
Every two years, Shelter Them organizes a mission trip to Rwanda for supporters. In those trips, supporters can meet their sponsored children and see first hand the work that Shelter Them is doing. It is an incredible and humbling experience to see the progress and what is being accomplished. Trips are reasonably priced and lets on experience the Rwandan culture at the local level. The next Mission Trip will be in November of 2018.
We provide health care via the purchase of health insurance for the children. Our caregivers and our staff work to ensure that our children have access to health care as the need arises.
In 2013, the government of Rwanda donated five acres of land to Shelter Them in Bugesera district, the poorest district in Rwanda. Shelter Them is working with families and children there to meet immediate needs. The longer term plan is to develop a Vocational Training Center to address the need for technical training leading to employment, as well as providing life skills for the surrounding residents. Construction plans are currently under development.