The Republic of Rwanda is a sovereign state in central and east Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rwanda is in the African Great Lakes region and is highly elevated; its geography dominated by mountains in the west and savanna to the east, with numerous lakes throughout the country. Its green, mountainous landscape has earned it the nickname “Land of a Thousand Hills.”
Our work in Rwanda began in collaboration with Imagine We, a Rwandan NGO whose goals align with ours, ’empowering children and young adults to love literature and inspire confidence in potential writers.’
ImagineWe and Ducere Foundation have published the first Rwandan collection of children’s stories after a competition (Kagire Inkuru = ‘tell a story’) was hosted in primary schools around Kigali all of whom members of the StAR Clubs (Students Actively Reading) are initiated by ImagineWe. More than four hundred children were reached through “Kagire Inkuru” last year and we hope to see many more collections released over the coming years.
Our latest three-way collaboration with MindLeaps Rwanda, an organisation that is making a big difference to street children in Kigali, through dance, will create the first African Children’s Stories Collection, that captures the experiences of street youth in Kigali through story, poetry and rap.