Olivier Twagimanya

Olivier Twagimanya thumb

I am 18 years old.  I live with my mother because my father has passed away.  There are five children in my family.  I love my family, especially my mother and my little brother.

When I lived at home, there was no way to go to school.  Eventually, I decided to live on the streets until I came to FIDESCO.  FIDESCO paid my school fees and encouraged me to move back to live with my family.  Life on the streets was too difficult.  I saw many children die, some turn to prostitution and others being tortured.

In life, I really like to study. …

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Olivier Ruzindana

Olivier Ruzindana thumb

I am 14 years old.  I came to FIDESCO at the end of November 2011.  I have two older brothers and two older sisters.  I used to live on the streets and steal telephones, but now I am becoming a good kid.  I am thankful to FIDESCO and my parents for making this change in my life.

I like football, dance, rap singers and soldiers.  My favorite things though are dancing and studying.  I think if I learn dance and computers, I could be a good artist.  I also think I would like a home one day.  I want everyone to think of me as a person who sings and dances – a happy person. …

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Fils Nzayisenga

Fils Nzayisenga thumb

I am 13 years old.  I have four younger sisters: Ingabire, Jeanne, Nyirahabimana and Esther.

My life has changed at FIDESCO.  God helped me leave a terrible place and allowed me to come here.

My best friend is my mother because she has helped me change.  But, I know I still need to change my behavior.  After I finish my stay at FIDESCO, I will go back home and I don’t want to ever go back to the streets again.  I want to be finished with that lifestyle forever.

My t-shirt is the most important thing to me in my life now.…

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Eric Mugiraneza

Eric Mugiraneza thumb

I am 15 years old now.  Before coming to FIDESCO, I lived on the streets, but I do not know how long I was there.  I just remember that I kept trying to escape the police because, if they catch you on the street, you go to The Camp of Transition and you get beaten.


Both my parents died.  I really loved my parents.  My father was sick, and two months after he died, my mother also died.  I had gone to try and find some food for her, but when I came back home after three days, I saw she was already dead. …

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Hassan Tuyisenge

Hassan Tuyisenge thumb

I am 11 years old.  There are five children in my family, and I am the third.  But, it was hard for me to live with my family because they used to beat me.  I could not go to school because my family could not pay my school fees.  I came to live at FIDESCO at the end of November 2011.  I am so thankful for this because I did not want to keep living on the streets.

I loved to dance.  It makes me feel like I am growing stronger and adding more energy to my body.

I am afraid of two things in the world: dogs and the devil.…

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