In 2012, we opened a boarding soccer academy for vulnerable boys in Rwanda. The boys live at the academy, train together, go to school, and have all of their other needs met. Our goal is to see the boys grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. And grow they did. Some of the boys were able to go to college, some finished vocational training schools, and one was even able to play professional soccer.
As we got to know the boys' families, it became abundantly clear that they had many younger siblings that were also extremely at risk.
To address this, we began a parent fellowship program - where families of our kids could meet together to form community and support one another. We host classes on topics ranging from healthcare to family planning to parenting. From this launching point, we have partnered with the parents to start a co-op. The co-op provides skills training and then an avenue for creating different goods that the parents can sell in Rwanda and that can be sold online in the US. This work prevents future generations from ever going to the streets.