Nyamata's Community is graduating

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.

 In 2018, the community has transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Local people and organizations have been equipped to take over and lead the community's development - and that is something to celebrate!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Nyamata has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.”

The Nyamata community is in a densely populated rural area, southeast of Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. There are two rainy seasons, the main one being from October to January. However, there are periods of long drought. The area is generally dry, but there are three large swamps. The majority of families grow cops and keep livestock.

This area was heavily affected by the war and genocide of 1994, which left many widows and orphans with varying disabilities. When World Vision partnered with the community, there were more than 2,800 orphans, over 10,000 children who had lost one parent, and more than 3,100 widows. Many families were being headed by children, some as young as 11 years old.

Today, thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Nyamata has improved. Children and families have grown stronger and are working together to overcome their challenges. Your support has opened doors that will have a lasting impact for years to come.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Nyamata has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!  
  • 4.8% of children dropped out of school in 2016, decreasing from 22.5% in 2013
  • 73.9% of families had year-round access to sufficient food for their needs in 2016, increasing from 64% in 2013
  • 75.3% of families belonged to savings and credit cooperatives in 2016, increasing from 31.6% in 2013
  • 1,270 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 480 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 5 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 602 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 7,613 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 276 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 1,042 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 25 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 2 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children
  • 330 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children
*Results for this community updated for 2018

Explore Nyamata

current conditions

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Celebrate with Nyamata

Today, the community has transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency. Because of the dedication and partnership of Canadians like you, the community is empowered and ready to continue developing on its own—and that’s something to celebrate!
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Nyamata has completed Phase 3 in 2018

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!