Les Enfants de Dieu or “Children of God” is a registered non-profit organization n 71/11 of 8 / 6 / 2004 based in Ndera, Gasabo district, Kigali, Rwanda.
The organization is secular but it adopted “God” in its name to signify the protective qualities of all religions and spiritual movements
“To transform the lives of Rwandan street children by meeting their basic and psychosocial needs, providing them with education and skills, and reintegrating them to become valuable members of society”
We aim to run a program of the highest quality by using best practices from around the world. We have a skilled, educated and experienced Board who bring knowledge and expertise in the areas of operations, accounts, compliance, training, psychosocial care, and development.
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When I arrived at EDD everything changed for the better! They helped me to study, provided me food, clothes, basic needs, and shelter. I lived in EDD for four years, and I was reintegrated in December 2006. EDD helped to find my family. I was reconciled with my mum, my young sister and my two elders brothers.
My life was difficult because I lost my mother in the 1994 genocide when I was only 3 years old. At that time my family was so poor, they were unable to feed us and to pay for our education. When I was 7 years old my father did not allow me go to school to start primary school. Two years later, I decided to go to the street.
Life on the streets was hard. Some days, in order to eat, I had to steal food or even eat from people’s leftover trash. Often times, I was picked up by the police and thrown into jail where diseases and other illnesses were common. I saw society as a group of people that disregard and forget about children without homes - children like me.
I had to find money to pay for movies, drugs and sex. So I had to rob people. I cannot recall how many times I was arrested and taken to jail. My peers and the police, nobody could feel pity for me, they hit me as if I was a venomous snake to kill.
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