My upbringing is very similar to the Hope Shines students so I very easily relate to what they go through on a daily basis and no one is able to do everything on their own. We all need each other.


Hope Shines Facility Manager

My connection with my child has made me more aware of the challenges she faces, as well as her resilience and determination to meet those challenges. I’m confident my financial and personal support are well placed. Investing in her potential and her future wellbeing is a decision I’m grateful to have made.



Building Brighter Futures

Hope Shines equips children with the tools and skills required to open the doors of opportunity, and we give them the encouragement, confidence, and hope they need to continue to strive for happier and healthier lives.

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Love Grows
Where Hope Shines

Hope Shines, Inc. empowers Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) to reach their fullest potentials in life. We equip children with the tools and skills required to open the doors of opportunity and we give them the encouragement, confidence, and hope they need to continue to strive for happier and healthier lives.

We achieve this by:

  • Identifying the most vulnerable youth in the community that face the biggest challenges

  • Designing and implementing custom programs that address the challenges and needs of each child then support them with their basic needs

  • Measuring the impact then continually enhance and improve programs to ensure that impact is optimized and lives are improving

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Our Programs

What We Do

Hope Shines offers three top-level programs that focus on holistic childhood development, as well as a series of initiatives to help support and supplement these programs.

Basic Needs for Education

The Basic Needs for Education program seeks to reduce Rwanda’s dropout rate by equipping children with the basic resources they need to succeed at school, including school fees, school uniforms, school supplies, and annual health insurance.

L.E.A.D. After-School

With a goal of engaging the students in active, year-round supplemental learning, The L.E.A.D. (Life Enhancement & Academic Development) After-School program provides children with a safe space to build confidence, improve their academics, and learn basic life skills that will equip them for healthy adulthoods.

Healthy Child

One of the most basic tenets of Hope Shines is to empower Rwanda’s youth, which begins with each child understanding and respecting his or her own body. The Healthy Child Program pairs provisional health support with health education, which leads to the child’s improved health outcomes as they grow into adulthood.

We’re continuously adding new programs and initiatives to address child and family needs as they arise. Check out our What We Do page to see a full list of our holistic efforts.

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Why We Do It

Every child has the right to live a happy and healthy life. Since 1994, when Rwanda suffered through the horrific Genocide Against the Tutsi in which 1 million men, women, and children perished in just 100 days, communities have been grappling with the long-term trauma of this event. While Rwanda has made remarkable strides toward recovery, social and economic challenges still exist today. Hope Shines targets the most at need children that still struggle through the emotional trauma that continues today.


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Give the Gift of Hope

“Every child has the right to be respected, the right to dream, and the right to achieve their potential.” ~ Hope Shines Sponsor

When you sponsor a Hope Shines student, you’re paired with one child or more and directly impact their day-to-day lives by helping provide them with hot meals, allowing them to attend school full-time, and get the vital resources and support they need to feel hope and ultimately succeed.

Fully Sponsored

Christian Niyomungeri

Needs Sponsor

Germain Ndayisaba

Needs Sponsor

Salimu Cyizere


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