After escaping the horrific genocide in his home country of Rwanda, pastor Emmanuel Sitaki returned to help bring the hope and healing of Christ to those whose lives had been devastated. On that trip Emmanuel came across nine orphans and took them in. He did not know how he would provide for the children, but soon God revealed a plan. He began connecting widows and orphans into revitalized families. Ever since, ERM Rwanda has been focused on the transforming power of relationships—both with Christ and with each other.
Since 1996 ERM Rwanda has been serving orphans in the country’s capital city of Kigali. Now through partnership with Lahash, ERM Rwanda is expanding into the rural outskirts of the city where a new generation of vulnerable children are struggling against poverty, disease, and lack of education. ERM Rwanda works directly through local churches in the area to identify the children most in need of sponsorship and assistance. Through regular visits to their homes, program staff and volunteers offer support and counsel to each child, as well as making sure that medical and educational needs are being met. Once a week all the sponsored children gather together at the church for worship, Biblical teaching, activities, and a meal.
Children in the Sponsorship Program are cared for holistically, meaning that physical, emotional, spiritual, educational, and environmental factors are all considered in providing care for each child. The kids are all given the opportunity to attend a local school, and Lahash engages in ongoing training and development efforts with the East African staff to creatively and compassionately improve the children’s lives.
Learn more about sponsorship and meet other kids who are waiting to be sponsored.