Presbyterian Street Children's Ministry
in Kigali, Rwanda
About Our Partner
The Presbyterian Church of Rwanda (EPR)
The Presbyterian Church in Rwanda created this transit center for reintegration of street children, “Centre Presbytérian d’Amour des Jeunes” (CPAJ), in 1998 as the church’s response to alleviating the immediate consequences of the genocide and war that left a multitude of orphaned children in the streets. Children go on the streets now due to poverty, abuse, and family violence. Presently, of the 85 children under CPAJ care who are in primary/elementary school, 37 are residents and the rest are being helped while living with their families/foster parents. There are also over 100 children enrolled in the boarding high schools across the country. In addition, over 70 students are being trained in sewing, hairdressing, design, etc. while others are doing internships or employed with local businesses. A multipurpose hall that serves as a chapel, a gathering place for various prayer groups and conferences, and a site for recreational activities such as dramas, movies and concerts has been completed and is changing this ministry’s trajectory.
Just in the past few years, fifteen street children were reunited with their families after at least a year at the Centre Presbytérian d’Amour des Jeunes for rehabilitation. The center continues to assist them with their education. It is always a joy to see them return to their families!
The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $10,000 for food, clothing, and education.