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.



Meet Bertin

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Bertin is a handsome boy born in 2007, who lives with both parents, 4 sisters and 3 brothers (one of them is also a student at Hope Shines, Jacques) in a two bedroom house with limited electricity in a very crowded neighborhood in Kigali considered impoverished and high risk.

Neither of his parents have full-time jobs due to their limited skillsets and education. His father tries to get some plumbing jobs but they are not well-paid and they are few and far between. When work is limited like this, the family suffers with hunger and can only eat one meal a day of mainly rice and beans.

Recently, Bertin’s mother was hired by Hope Shines to prepare and cook meals for the kids during the after-school program. In this way, she helps to support her family as well as Hope Shines. She hopes that this opportunity will be something she can build on and therefore be able to provide for her family in a consistent way.

Bertin is the second eldest child in the family. He studies at the Cyivugiza primary school and is currently preparing to enter secondary school. His favorite subject is Science. Bertin loves to play football (soccer) and his dream is to become a professional football player. Bertin loves to dance at Hope Shines on the dance team and his favorite dish to eat is sweet potatoes and cabbage. Yum!

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