Send Thierry to School
Organized by: Rebecca Hickey
Theirry's story starts 13 years ago, when his mother, Henriette, was just a teenager. She became pregnant with her boyfriend's child, and dropped out of high school. Soon after Thierry was born, his father left the family. Henriette met someone else and then had Kevin, who is now 12. That man left them as well, leaving her to provide for two young children on her own. At that point, Henriette says that she kept sleeping with new husbands in hopes that they would stay with her and help her support the children. Kevine, who is 10 years old, Fiona, who is 7, and Eddy, 5 have different fathers.
Henriette is pregnant again, and her current husband is also the father of Baby Priscilla, 19 months old. They do not have enough food, adequate clothing, or even diapers for Priscilla. Thierry and Kevin left home to beg for food on the streets in Kigali.
One night, one of the volunteers from the Kimsigara Orphanage, Jean Claude, stopped a group of street children to talk to them, one of whom was Kevin. Jean Claude noticed that Kevin had a skin condition, and took him to see a doctor soon after. After visiting Kevin's family, it became clear that the children are in dire need of basic necessities.
Kevin has been sponsored for the year to be able to go to school, and also to have health insurance. Theirry needs to go to school as well. He would be in the third grade. $50 provides for tuition fees and supplies, and $5 provides for health insurance for the year. This health insurance covers HIV testing, routine doctor visits, and common medications.
For these children to have a future, to escape their impoverished existence, to one day live without the daily pains of hunger, they must first have an education. You can help, any and every bit helps. (The other $5 in the goal covers the fees of crowdrise, currency conversions, etc.)