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ntawirema celestin

ntawirema celestin


In 1994, my sister and I lost our parents during the war to liberate Rwandans from the genocide against the Tutsis. After struggling in harsh conditions, I moved to the streets where I spent 5 years living outside and struggling for my basic needs. While on the streets, I happened to meet with Danie Roberson, a volunteer who came to Rwanda from Switzerland. He founded a center in 1998 to help street children through the Rwanda Presbyterian Church (EPR). The Center is called Centre Presbytérien d’Amour des Jeunes (CPAJ), meaning Presbyterian Center of Love for the Youth.

With the help of UNICEF and the Rwandan Government, in 1999, I was admitted into the center and moved out of the streets. It is in this center that I started gaining back my hope. I am a former street child who received a hand up and I am now ready to share my story to inspire others.

I have a gift, I’m an artist. After getting some training to wake my art up, I was hired by an NGO in Kigali as their arts coordi

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