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 Marie


Claudette is a happy and delightful young girl, born in 2004. She is the youngest of the 7 kids at home. She has 4 brothers and 2 sisters and lives with her single mother in a one bedroom mud house with limited electricity in a very impoverished area of the city. Claudette’s mother doesn’t have a permanent job, but she does part time work at the Hope Shines center helping to cook the meals for the kids during the after-school program 4 days a week. She also gets support from her eldest children who go out to find some work. Claudette helps at home and she has taken an interest in making clothes.

She loves spending time with her family and to go to church with them. She adores singing and her dream is to become a singer or a nurse. Claudette’s favorite food to eat is Irish potatoes, a delicious staple crop of Rwanda.

Claudette is now in secondary school. Her favorite subject is Mathematics. She is behind in school due to the challenges at home but is a determined young lady with a bright future and desire to succeed.

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