The New Life Children’s Home is an orphanage home run by Africa New Life Ministries and supported by New Life Church.
It was begun in 2002 in response to the various needs and challenges that the orphans and vulnerable children face in the eastern province of Rwanda, to provide a secure home environment and an affordable education.
New Life Children’s home is a beautiful home that houses 13 girls and 9 boys in a healthy environment at the campus of Africa New Life Ministries, Kayonza, in the eastern province of Rwanda. The home has four spacious bedrooms, two toilets and two bathrooms, and has a beautiful lounge where the children can relax and play some indoor games, watch Christian movies, have time to read and do their homework under the supervision of the Home Mother. In the living room, prayer fellowships are conducted. These are times much valued by the children because they take time to pray for the New Life family and their other sponsors. This environment has led the children to grow spiritually and get to serve God in different aspects of life.
The home and orphans are taken care of by an experienced Home Mother called Rebecca Kibalama. She has been in this home since it was opened. She is very attached to the children and has special love for them.
The kids go to the only Christian school in the area, New Life Christian Academy, where they are taught with a Christian perspective in class. The Academy recently excelled in its National Exams, where 90% of the pupils excelled including one of the first seven children to come to the home, Madalina Mukantwari. The school is located on a beautiful plain.
The children have many stories to tell about where they used to be and how much your support, ministry and care has done for them.
Below is Jean Claude’s story of his former life before he joined the house.
Jean Claude Habiyarenye is 16 years old, in grade six, and he lives in New Life Children’s Home. He is an orphan who had lived with an uncle who later mistreated him. As a result of this situation he resorted to the streets, which he claims was far better than his uncle’s home because he would at least be assured of a meal. It was when he was on the streets that New Life staff talked him and convinced him to come to the home, and assured him of shelter, education, food, clothing, beddings, etc. After he joined the New Life Home, he said, “I am very happy to have a home. I don’t ever want to remember my life on the street. While here, I came to know Jesus as my personal saviour and Lord, my relationship with Him has brought me a lot of joy and peace.”
Then there is Tina’s story:
“My name is Tina Gladys. I am 13 years old and I have been living in New Life home since 2002. I never got an opportunity to know my father; I do not know what happened to him. My mother died in 2001 of breast cancer. I went to stay with old friends of my mother whom I call Grandmother and Grandfather.” Tina lived in hard circumstances. She hardly had clothes to wear, food to eat, studied irregularly because of much work allotted to her and lack of education. Says Rebecca, the Home Mother, “It wasn’t easy for little Tina before she came to the home. She had to sleep on rotting mats every night, her only blanket being a piece of old cloth/rag.”
Now Tina says, “I feel very happy and proud, I attend classes every day, get all meals, I have enough clothing, shoes, very comfortable beddings. I also know Jesus as my personal saviour. I am also in the music group at the church.”
The New Life Home has been an answered prayer for many orphans and vulnerable children. The children are studying steadily, and healing and reconciliation is taking place within them. Surely the hope for them is for a bright future.
For all the help, concern, care and great love that you have extended for this cause we appreciate and love you. God bless you as you continuously participate in the rebuilding of the future leaders of tomorrow and the Rwandan Society.