The devastating civil war in Rwanda between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes ended almost two decades ago, but the effects of the violence and genocide continue to this day. In Kigali, Rwanda, an orphanage cares for more than 40 orphans who were born to genocide or AIDS survivors.
Run by Pastor Eric Mugabonake, a genocide survivor himself, this orphanage is overwhelmed with young orphans who lack essentials like beds, a change of clothes, and regular meals. These young children and teens live in abject poverty with little hope.
Lawrence Cenotto, the author of the “True North” travel books, recently visited this orphanage and was immediately inspired to take action. After witnessing these children respond with joy to their first toy—a soccer ball—, Lawrence committed almost $2,000 of his own funds to assist them.
Now, Lawrence is asking the world to join him in his efforts to lift these unfortunate children out of poverty. Lawrence began the Freestyle World Traveler Benevolent Fund which provides food and medical treatments to these orphans. This charitable group also provides important amenities for the orphanage like adequate housing conditions. The Freestyle World Traveler Benevolent Fund includes a “365 Club” which asks supporters to contribute $50 per year, enough to feed all 42 orphans for one day.
To bolster these relief efforts, Lawrence has also initiated a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $14,675. These additional funds will go ENTIRELY towards the care of these orphans by purchasing beds, blankets, shoes, toys, books, medical treatments, and educational items. 100% of ALL contributions go to the care and feeding of the children.
In return for your generous support of this important humanitarian project, you may receive rewards like handmade “gratitude” bracelets, Wall of Fame honors, autographed photos, or a trip to the orphanage. If you are unable to make a financial contribution at this time, you may still be able to help this project by sharing this Indiegogo campaign through Facebook or Twitter. To learn more about the Freestyle World Traveler Benevolent Fund or to make a financial contribution, please visit http://bit.ly/1B43mSk.
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Company Name: Help Save the Genocide Orphans of Rwanda
Contact Person: Lawrence Cenotto
Country: United States