Kabasinga Fatier and Yuiko Watamoto are co-founder of Rwanda Children’s Hope in 2008 in Karangazi, Nyagatare, Eastern Province, Rwanda.
Fatier and Yuiko work together since 2006. Yuiko worked in Club Mamans Sportive for Karangazi community for income generation and vocational school activities for youth and women from 2006 to 2008 as a volunteer of Japan International Cooperation Agency. In 2005, Fatier set up her organization called International Healing Ministry (IHCM) which is registered under the government in 2016. IHCM manged vocational school for youth and women in Karangazi as well as church activity. Yuiko helped IHCM during her mission in Karangazi from 2006 to 2008 for income generation activities of knitting and sewing vocational school.
When Yuiko stayed in Karangazi, she found many children who graduated from primary school but couldn't continute their education in secondary school. At the same time, Fatier shared a story that she found two children who had top performance in their primary school and were recommended to go to top secondary school in Rwanda but they had to give up their education due to expensive tuition fee. Yuiko and Fatier decided to try to help their education. First, they tried one child. Yuiko shared this story with her friend. "I will also help their education", her friend said willingly. Yuiko coordinated another child for her friend. When she went back to Japan, she share this story with other friends. "I also want to be part of it." This way, slowly but surely the number of supporters and supported children increased. Rwanda Children's Hope was therefore created in IHCM as Scholarship proejct.
Since 2008, Yuiko fundraised in Japan for Rwanda Children’s Hope and Fatier managed the activities on the ground. At beginning, we focused more on secondary education. By 2016, we have supported 50 secondary students, out of which 6 excellent secondary students got university scholarship of RCH.
On March 2016, Samaritan International School* opened for Kindergarden (3 levels) and Primary (6 levels), granted from Japanese Embassy. Samaritan International School by 2017 have 186 students. It will increase more and more in the future.
In 2015 and 2017, IHCM received funds from Global Fund for Poultry. In 2016, we successfully raised fund from READYFOR and KIRCHGEMEINDE AARWANGEN (Switzerland Reform Church) for scholarship of 60 students. At the same time, Poultry (Nutrition project) and school infrastructure such as electricity are necessary to manage school finance and develop children's mental and physical ability. Therefore, Nutrition project of IHCM becomes a part of Rwanda Children's Hope.
We are now trying to establish market for egg from Poultry in and near from Karangazi as Nutrition Project. The profit is used for self-sustained school management of Samaritan International School and other future projects. Also, egg is to be provided as nutorition to school children. This can prevent them from having malnutricious disease and develop mental and physical ability. IHCM began in 2017 providing breakfast to students as Nutrition Project.
*"Samaritan International School" in Nyagatare District, Rwanda, is a private school. It's been established and operated by a local NGO with the spirit "just cannot leave those suffering in poverty". They just wish to nurture Nyagatare children in Nyagatare. They named their private school "International School" with a hope children shall learn the world beyond borders: "It’s only our vision that goes beyond Rwanda."