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...
The Gifted Kid: Aboubakar Rutayizire

The Gifted Kid: Aboubakar Rutayizire

Back in March 2014, our dance program began at the MindLeaps Center in Kigali.  Aboubakar Rutayisire (AKA “Abouba”) was not among the 15 street children collected from the street to attend the program. He knocked at MindLeaps gate two weeks after we had started that...

Promoting Girls Education

I will not call them street girls. For some people, the word “street girls” means “prostitute”. They don’t look like prostitutes and using that word might be offensive. I don’t know them yet. I don’t know where they come from.  This is just what MindLeaps needs to...

Former Street Children Succeed In School

What would you say if you realized that all those begging faces that you pass by everyday on the street have hidden talents inside themselves? In the middle of April, the MindLeaps Rwanda team was concentrated on sending kids back to school. These were kids that...