Rwanda is a small country in East Africa, roughly the size of Lower Austria and Salzburg combined. Around 12 million people live in Rwanda, and the trend is rising. When you hear about the country, you usually immediately think of the atrocities of the 1994 genocide. These have not been forgotten and still have an impact today. Reconciliation and forgiveness are an important topic in Rwanda, because today all residents must be able to live together again.
Despite the difficult and painful past, we find people here who are looking forward cheerfully and optimistically, even if they are about a big one are bitterly poor. The young generation in particular now has the opportunity to advance the country. Things are going up economically, but not for everyone. Social cohesion, family and friends have an important place in society and culture in Rwanda. The future will also depend on how well the government gets overpopulation under control. Education plays a central role here, which is an essential factor for the future of the country and the people who live there.
With our projects, we want to help the poorest and at the same time those who will play a significant role in shaping the country’s fortunes in the future – the children and young people. Our focus is on sustainable help that should lead to a more promising and better life for people.
Rwanda is one of the poorest countries in the world. That’s why it’s important that 100% of our help arrives in the country.
I (founder of Future4Kids – Otto Fischer) developed a special dismay about Rwanda when I traveled to Rwanda in 2007 and faced enormous hopelessness. This situation prompted me to sponsor several orphans and to get to know the country and its people better. Rwanda is a country where it is not a matter of course to have access to free education or just to have a “normal” childhood – a prerequisite for more equal opportunities and justice. For me as a sponsor, I see it as an obligation to create and maintain this equal opportunity. My work in Rwanda is driven by parents’ desire to give their children a better life and to give them a future and hope.
During my work in Rwanda, I realized that Rwanda also faces a global issue: it’s the extinction of species. This is particularly noteworthy because the last living mountain gorillas live in Rwanda. It has become a heart project for me to contribute to their protection.