Sunday, 18 August 2013

SPONSORSHIP SUNDAY: Meet Florence Niyonsenga!

Welcome to post number seven in the “Sponsorship Sunday” series! I hope you’re all enjoying having a closer look at our beautiful Rwandan children. Remember, sponsorship is only $40 CND a month (we also welcome American sponsors), and in return you will get regular photo updates, letters, and the knowledge that you are changing the world, one life at a time.

This lovely girl is Florence Niyonsenga. She is eight years old, and her birthday is April 22. Florence’s family used to live in the slums of Kigali, Rwanda. Her father is uneducated and has no trade, and her mother stays at home to care for Florence’s sister, who is disabled. The entire family was living in a tiny shack smaller than most modern bedrooms when our Shelter Them team discovered them in November 2012. Through donations from our wonderful partners in Canada, we were able to move Florence and her family into a much nicer rented home, paid for by donations. Florence’s mother has just completed a sewing class provided by Shelter Them workers, so she is now able to help provide for her family. Florence’s sister Olivia, who most likely has cerebral palsy, is now getting the care she needs.

This is what Florence looked like when our team first saw her. They thought she was a boy, because she was dressed in boys’ clothing! The family was so poor, they barely had food to eat and couldn’t afford proper clothing or medical care for Florence’s sister. All five members of the family slept on one thin piece of sponge mattress and used extra clothes to cover themselves.

This is beautiful Florence in her pretty new dress, after she and her family moved into their new home. Florence now has a chance to go to school and have a future. She’s had a hard life, but now she can start smiling, because she has hope!

Here is Florence’s whole family: Florence herself, her mother and father, her six-year-old sister Olivia who is disabled, and her five-year-old sister Kevine. Olivia and Kevine are also available for sponsorship. They are standing in front of their new house. Shelter Them moved them out of the slums in December, just in time for Christmas!

In the above video, you can see our Rwanda team, including Jules and Bright, moving Florence’s family from their old house in the slums to their new house in a much nicer, cleaner neighborhood. You’ll see Florence and her sisters in their new rooms, and hear a bit more about Shelter Them’s work in Rwanda. Our Rwanda team held a housewarming party for Florence’s family, with all of our Shelter Them children included!

Your sponsorship will make sure that Florence never has to go back to her old life in the slums, and she will now be able to go to school and dream about her future. And your letters will provide her with the encouragement and self-esteem she so badly needs after a life in the gutters.

If you’d like to sponsor Florence Niyonsenga, or if you would like to view the rest of our children available for sponsorship, you can visit us here: Shelter Them Child Sponsorship.

Feel free to share this page with your family and friends so we can find her a sponsor!

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  1. What a beautiful family!! I'm so glad that her mum was able to receive vocational training. I hope that Florence is sponsored soon!!

    1. Thanks for your comment! I can't wait to feature Florence's two sisters, they are too cute for words!