Passy Gakimane

Passy Gakimane

Passy Gakimane

Passy’s formal name is Pacifique, but he is known all over Kigali as “Passy” because he is one of the best local hip hop dancers.  Now, he is 14 years old, but he has been dancing at special events throughout Rwanda since the age of 8.  He is a completely self-taught hip hop dancer and only started learning contemporary dance with RDDC four years ago.

Unfortunately, Passy’s talent has not been enough to stabilize a safe, secure lifestyle.  He is one of four brothers that lived with a struggling mother before being forced onto the street to search for food.  He briefly lived in the shelter of another NGO in Kigali, but one night in 2009, the entire organization was shut down due to mismanagement and he found himself back on the street.

RDDC was able to sponsor Passy to go back to school in late 2010.  He now ranks as the eighth highest student in his entire class, excelling in all subjects and especially in Social Studies.

Passy will go to high school next year and we are currently looking for a group of people to sponsor his secondary education.  His tuition fees are approximately $1,600/year, or $4.38/day.

Please help us continue to give this gifted boy a chance to become educated so he can use his artistic talent wisely.


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