During one of our trips to Rwanda, we visited a local school to give out books and stationery to the students.
On our visit, we met three young boys Benjamin, Omari and Jean de Dieu. These 3 stood out from the rest of the class, wearing a different, worn uniform. The school had changed their uniform 2years ago but the family of each child couldn't afford to buy it. Of course, we had to do something about it.
The lads were over the moon to get rid of their old ripped uniform and have a uniform to match the rest of their class.
This is 10 year old Ineza Exaucee, GiG’s first beneficiary. After the passing of her mother in 2015, Ineza's family could no longer afford to pay for her to go to school.
Since discovering Ineza’s situation, we have funded her school fees to ensure she doesn't miss out on her basic, but essential, education.
During our trip in 2017, we had the opportunity to pay Ineza a surprise visit. She was overwhelmed by the visit and we were happy to hear that she's doing very well in school.
This is 7 year old Shumbusho Veniste. Shumbusho had a medical condition affecting his intestines which he has suffered with since he was 3 years old.
We noticed Shumbusho straight away on a visit to a local school as he was sat alone and not taking part in games and activities with his classmates. This was due to his stomach being so heavy and causing him pain when moving around.
We spoke with his teacher to understand more about the illness and how it was affecting his education and were told that Shumbusho would eventually die from his illness. It was only when we asked more about it that we realised that there was actually a cure; his parents just simply didn't have the money to pay for it.
We asked permission from his parents to help and, of course, his parents were overwhelmed and jumped at the opportunity.
After multiple consultations at and long stays in a hospital on the other side of the country from where he lives, Shumbusho has had his operations and is back in school, enjoying taking part in activities and enjoying playing with friends.