A passionate group of people focused on helping kids in Rwanda who need a helping hand
The Story of How We Started
Our Mission is to empower vulnerable and underprivileged children in Rwanda, by first ensuring they are integrated in an environment where their basic growth and development needs are met, and by subsequently providing them and their families with the tools and resources they need for these children to have a bright, independent and sustainable future ahead.
The inspiration for Shelter Them began with Jules Higiro, the current Country Director of Shelter Them in Rwanda. Jules was a soldier who helped to end the genocide in 1994, and he witnessed first hand its horrors. After the genocide ended, Jules realized that the country’s greatest need now was to care for the countless orphaned and abandoned children who were trying to survive on the streets of Kigali.
Jules was running a feeding program for these street kids, twice a week, at a church in Kimihurura-Kigali when he was visited by his twin sisters, Jocelyne Alexandre and Josephine Murphy, who were living in Canada by this time. They were immediately struck by the unforgiving living conditions faced by these children and by how much help was needed.
The organization that became Shelter Them was born in the hearts of Josephine and Jocelyne. After returning to Canada, they reflected on the hardships faced by these children and on the enormous task Jules had taken on. In 2005, they were driven to act, and began mobilizing their friends and community members to begin Shelter Them Poverty Relief, providing funding to help Jules and his team to continue their efforts to reach out and help these desperate kids in Rwanda.
The Impact We Make
SHELTER THEM is not focused on aid. The Organization is instead focused on empowering children with the tools they need to design their own bright future. This is achieved in the following ways:
1 - Integration of orphans and other vulnerable and underprivileged children in families
2 - Creation of the conditions in which underprivileged families with children can generate an environment for these children to grow and develop that is humane, sane and healthy, through:
a - Provision of exhaustive support, including health care, socio-economic and spiritual support
b - Provision of access to education
3 - Empowering underprivileged families with children to develop self-sustaining ways to live and work, ensuring children are given an adequate environment to grow and develop that will allow them to also become independent and self-sufficient in the future
4 - To network and create partnerships with other National and International Non-Governmental Organizations, National Institutions, and other organizations involved in similar activities
Our Team inside Rwanda
Our Team Outside Rwanda
Our team combines a good spread of skills and nationalities, united by a common passion – Helping children becoming the masters of their own future by having an unconstrained choice over how to design that future