one of the world's highest percentages of orphans with
that figure including 220,000 children orphaned through
the HIV/AIDS virus.
Working with orphans can be emotionally and physically demanding for the volunteer
but it also needs to be sensitive to attachments the children will form with adults who care for them. As such, many volunteer work programs in Rwanda look for longer volunteer placements so the children don't
have a conveyor belt of adults coming into and out of
their lives every few weeks. Makes sense.
There are also opportunities
to teach in Rwanda and whilst the government in Rwanda
commits 12.25% of all expenditure to education, some
idea of the resource shortfall that needs to be made up
is highlighted by the fact that in the whole of Rwanda
there are just 1,197 school library books! If you run or
know of a volunteer work project in Rwanda let us know
by contacting us here. We look forward
to hearing from you!