Ubushobozi Project is a non-profit, vocational skills training organization founded by Jeanne Siporin, Alan Siporin and Laura Boyea in September 2008 in Ruhengeri, Rwanda. Through education and skills training (sewing, weaving, crocheting and more) Ubushobozi seeks to end the cycle of poverty our girls have experienced throughout their young lives. As a population grossly neglected and vulnerable to the continued devastating effects of poverty, the girls of Ubushobozi Project have the opportunity to flourish and sustain themselves in our structured, nurturing and supportive environment. Ubushobozi Project provides each student a sewing machine, sewing lessons, fabric (and all related materials) and an outlet for selling their creations. In addition, students are provided with a weekly stipend, a daily nutritious meal and instruction in English, mathematics, computers, health & sex education, and traditional dance. Ubushobozi provides all students, staff and those living in their households the means to purchase coverage in Rwanda’s national health care plan. Students are accepted into Ubushobozi Project after extensive interviews and by peer recommendation based on these criteria: unable to attend school due to lack of fees, orphaned or head of household, living below the poverty line or unemployed.

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