The 1994 Rwandan Genocide took place in a matter of three months by which 1 million innocent men women and children were brutally murdered by Hutu Extremists. The pervasive use of rape as a weapon of war caused a spike in HIV infection, the country is still struggling to control it. The destruction of infrastructure and severe depopulation crippled the economy, and has made Rwanda among Africa’s poorest countries.
JANJA, a village in Northern Rwanda, is still facing repercussions from the Genocide. The lives of these villagers has been greatly affected, causing many social scourges like ignorance, theft, kidnapping. Most of the adult villagers are orphans and were forced to raise themselves.They were unable to farm during the wars, which led to a widespread famine that shattered whatever hope the war torn community had.
Today, the remote village is densely populated. Farming is the main activity performed by 98% of the population; all of which they grow they eat. Caught in the midst of this recovering community are impoverished children and education is their only door to freedom.
Empowering the beautiful Rwandan children with educational opportunities that allow them to be advocates for peace, development, and sustainability.
AMIS APAX INCLUSIVE EDUCATION
AMIS APAX is a school created by the Missionaries of Peace, an order of nuns and monks dedicated to promoting peace in Rwanda. They have no government funding, no permanent donors, and they survive entirely off the little income that the school generates.
Their goal is to create lasting peace in Rwanda through the social integration of disabled children. In a society which the rights of children with disabilities have traditionally been neglected, this school aims to address this bias. The school provides a model of community integration and unity by enabling children both with and without disabilities to live, work and play together. Alongside general studies, the children develop deeper empathetic skills, allowing them to contribute towards permanent reconciliation in the country.
Missionaries of Peace runs a special education program for children with a wide range of physical and learning disabilities. Its facilities include a physiotherapy area for the children and sewing lessons in order to provide them with vocational skills.