The 18th Annual Shelter Them Gala in Brampton, Ontario on June 2 was another success! The theme was a Kentucky Derby Garden Party and many of the guests came dressed for the event. The fascinators were fascinating and the top hats were top notch!

In addition to a fabulous meal, guests were entertained by a Rwandan dance troupe and uplifted by a poem written and performed. And as always, the gala provided a great opportunity for friends and supporters of Shelter Them to meet and catch up. It was easy when everyone there was connected by a common cause – the welfare of our kids in Rwanda.

David and Sherry Jenkins were in attendance all the way from Newfoundland, and we are thrilled to report that after their presentation on child sponsorship, 10 more children now have sponsors whose generosity will provide them with shelter, medical care and education, giving 10 more Rwandan children a fair chance for an independent, productive and fulfilling future.

All our guests were very generous, as always, and we are grateful to report that through ticket sales, the online auction and other donations, Shelter Them made a net profit of over $15 000. That will go a long way towards enabling our staff in Rwanda to continue their great work on behalf of our kids.

Ther were lots of cameras about the room, and here is link to many of the photos that were taken throughout the evening "GALA PICTURES 2024" . If you were there, we hope you will be reminded of the fun we shared. And if you were not there, have a look anyway. We would love to see you at the 2025 gala! If you want to make an additional donation to the cause, or if you would like to know more



An Award of Excellence for Our ECDC in Gateko!

We are pleased and proud to announce that The Early Childhood Development Centre in Gateko, which was established and is funded by Shelter Them, has received a certificate of excellence by the Governor of the Eastern Province of Rwanda. Our ECDC is among the top four centres out of 563 in Bugesera District!

The centres were evaluated based on several criteria:

  •  Delivery of services
  •  Infrastructure and hygiene facilities
  •  Conducive place for children to play
  •  Creativity and innovation in programming
  • Parent and community engagement in the ECDC

This award is thanks primarily to the programming and leadership provided by Julius Twahirwa, our Education Manager, and to the dedication of the caregivers who deliver that programming. But they could not do their excellent work without the generosity of our many Shelter Them supporters, especially the members of the ECDC Club. Would you like to become a member of the Club? Please click on Donate to learn how you can help to provide these young children, 3 to 6 years of age, with a fair start to their future!



The Sky is the Limit – Meet Our

Second University Graduate!

Meet Khesia Niyonsenga, who has just graduated from the University of Kigali, where she majored in Business Management and Accounting. Khesia was born in the small village of Nyamugali, one of eight children. She says she had no hope for her future because her parents could not afford her school fees and materials. She says, “In 2016, the Shelter Them sponsorship program changed my life… I thank Shelter Them for giving me hope for the future and to achieve my dreams. I will always keep Shelter Them sponsors in my prayers.” Shelter Them sponsorship works! Click on Child Sponsorship on the Main Menu above to learn how you can transform a life!


Hearts for Rwanda Campaign

Shelter Them’s mission is to empower vulnerable children in Rwanda, by first ensuring that their basic growth and development needs are met and then providing them and their families with the tools and resources needed to have a bright, independent and sustainable future

Have A Heart, Please Take Part !

Make a monetary donation and write your name on a Heart. The hearts will then be delivered to the children of Gateko showing them that you care.

Partner with us!

Your support will help us provide a safe, clean learning environment for all children from ages 3 – 6 in Gateko Village Your support will provide these children with nutritious, well balanced meals every day they attend our Early Childhood Development Program