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Esperance started in 1996 after genocide in the search for justice and peaceful coexistence. Esperance bridges the ethnic divides of Rwanda through education and social programs such as Football for Peace and Anti-AIDS. ESPERANCE uses football not only to reconcile differences within the population, but also to raise awareness of dire issues that face young people and their communities.

In the densely populated and underserved community of Kimisagara, unemployment is an additional growing challenge and the majority of citizens survive on less than a dollar a day.

Its core programming consists of the following:

  • Gender based violence alleviation program (participants 840),
  • Cineduc methodology training (participants 210),
  • Language courses (participants 347),
  • Talent Development Programs (participants 112),
  • “Wash Your Hands”- Methodology (participants 766),
  • Fighting the Drug Abuse behavior (participants 2990),
  • “Youth Friendly Services” (participants 682).