Girls Speak Up: Sex Education in Rwanda

This particular class was a room of twenty Rwandan girls, ages 13 to 19, who come from vulnerable families living in the slums of Kigali. They are students at MindLeaps where I began teaching classes this past spring. Thanks to the generosity of the Alice Rowan...

The Success of Zidane

Zidane Ndatimana lives with his mother and 10 siblings. Coming from a poor family and facing difficult life conditions, in 2009, Zidane decided to go to the street. Zidane joined MindLeaps dance program through its early partnership with FidesCo, another organization...

From 2017 to 2018: Celebrating 90 Kids in School

At the end of 2017, we had 16 kids take the national exam in Rwanda.  This exam is an educational milestone for all Rwandan children.  At MindLeaps, all 16 of our kids passed with impressively good scores!  They were admitted to good schools; in January, they started...
Changing Lives in a Small Space

Changing Lives in a Small Space

I heard this sentence many times in August from different conversations I had with volunteers and visitors: “In this small space, you are changing lives.” The whole month of August, it kept coming up. Here are a few people who mentioned the same idea in different...
Ezila, The Dreamer & Ezila, The Entrepreneur

Ezila, The Dreamer & Ezila, The Entrepreneur

Street children come in all shapes, sizes and personalities. I have met some from whom I learned a lot, but I think Ezila is not a typical street child. “An inspiring idea” is something you will always find when you are talking to this young boy. Ezila will share with...