In August 2014 BHA launched its first pilot project in the African country of Rwanda. Due to the devastating legacy of the 1994 Rwandan genocide of the Tutsi, when 20% (approx. 800,000 people) of the population were killed in a period of 100 days, Rwanda is home to the world’s highest proportion of orphans and youth-headed households.

Additionally, Rwandan cities are plagued with kids spending their lives living and begging for food and money on the streets. Many kids resort to street life when their parents die and their extended family is not able to care for them, their parents abandon them, they are able to obtain a higher quality of life on the street than in their homes, or they suffer from domestic violence or abuse.

To learn more about this problem, check out this UNICEF video about Rwandan street children: