BHA staff found Eric begging for food and money on the streets of Kigali, Rwanda. He is eleven years old. After learning that he spends his days on the streets begging for food because there is no food at his house, BHA asked to visit his house so we could really see what the conditions are like. He lives in a dirt 8×10 room with his three siblings and mother. His mother has AIDS and is unable to work to provide food for her kids.
BHA invited Eric to join our theater workshop in August 2014. At the workshop, Eric had the opportunity to interact with other kids and really blossomed, taking a significant role in the final performance.
BHA is working with Eric’s family to provide food and health insurance and a scholarship to ensure that Eric no longer has to beg for money and food to provide for his siblings.
When he grows up, Eric wants to be President of Rwanda.
Sedrique is eight years old. He lives with his mother who has AIDS, and is a prostitute. While his mother is asleep during the day he roams the streets in search of food. He wants to go to school so that one day he can use his education to help other street kids, as the staff at GDS has helped him.
Prime is eight years old. His mother is a prostitute and has AIDS. Prime has spent a lot of time on the streets begging for food and money. He has been the victim of many beatings during his time on the streets. During the August 2014 workshop, he wanted to make sure his community knew about the violence street kids suffer and asked people to please stop beating him.
Prime feels like school will open so many doors for him. When he grows up he wants to be a priest.
Grace is seven years old. She has never met her father, and her mother is sick with AIDS. Grace is in her first year of primary school, and her favorite subject is math.