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Snapshot of Rwanda


of people live below the poverty line


years is the average life expectancy


lack access to improved sanitation

John Nkubana

Letter from Compassion Rwanda Director John Nkubana

Dear Sponsor, My name is John Nkubana. I am the Country Director of Compassion Rwanda. I joined Compassion Rwanda on 20 August, 2012. I’m married to my beautiful wife and we are blessed with three children: two boys and one girl. Compassion started work in Rwanda in 1980. From 1980 to 1983, we didn’t have an office in Rwanda. The office was opened in 1984. Today, we support 86,000 children from 342 local churches and 22 denominations.

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A Gift from God

Cheeky Impano was rescued from the jaws of death. Two years ago, Geraldine was at home when a man ran inside, frantic and breathless. "He had seen a baby in the bush covered in ants," says Geraldine. What Geraldine saw made her feel cold.

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Prayer requests for Rwanda

  • Please pray for all Compassion staff across Rwanda who will be undergoing training in new technology to better serve the children in Compassion’s programs. Please pray for wisdom, good heath for both the trainers and trainees, and for God’s guidance throughout the training.
  • Please pray for God’s divine intervention in the lives of children in Compassion’s programs who are suffering from chronic diseases. The number of children impacted increases daily. Please pray for complete healing and for God’s protection over the lives of all children in Rwanda.
  • Please pray for Ruth who has been on kidney dialysis for a very long time and is in need of a kidney transplant. She will need to travel to India for the transplant but is still waiting for an appropriate kidney donor to be found. Please pray for a match to be found quickly and for a successful surgery.
  • Please pray for six-year-old Esther who received a heart transplant earlier this year. Although the surgery was a success, she has since contracted pleural effusion (a build up of fluid between the lungs and chest). Please pray for her recovery and for no further complications.

Stories from Compassion in Rwanda

18 Sep, 2019

A New Hope for Alphonse After a Tragic Car Accident

An innocent stroll with friends after school changed the life of four-year-old Alphonse, who was struck by a car and left paralysed. While his life has changed, he still has a hopeful future... Read more

04 Apr, 2019

His Family Was Killed in the Genocide. Today, He Helps the Perpetrator's Child

Jean Claude is one of Rwanda's incredible peacemakers. This Compassion alumni forgave the perpetrator who tortured and murdered his family during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi—and even provided for his son’s education... Read more

02 Mar, 2020

Four Things You Didn't Know About Poverty

We’re used to hearing about the well-known effects of poverty—but are we missing the less-visible ones?.. Read more