It’s Sponsorship Time!

It’s  Sponsorship Time!

As we begin a New Year, Children in Rwanda begin a new school year.

The school year 2020 begins in just days on January 6!


We have registered all students to our capacity at this time, with 100 more on a waiting list.

If you sponsor a student through Love Alive’s sponsorship program, the time to renew your sponsorship is now!

If you have not sponsored before, but would like to begin sponsoring a child, this is a fabulous time to begin supporting a child’s education here in Rwanda.

Child sponsorship remains at a one-time donation of $45. This allows a child to study for an entire year, and covers the costs of school supplies, uniforms, and school lunch where applicable. For all students in our Kigali region, this also allows them extra-learning time in our daily children’s learning center.

You can sponsor a child either through this link:

Sponsor Now!

Or by a check mailed to

Love Alive

2410 Burgess School Rd.

Cookeville, TN 38506

Children’s Learning Center

This September, we opened up a Children’s Learning Center for our primary grade students. As children here study either mornings or afternoons, the center is open for children to come before or after their studies. We offer homework help, tutoring, activity-based learning, play, and porridge each day.

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As most of our students have parents who were unable to receive a good education themselves, students often have no one to help with homework or concepts with which they struggle. As the teachers typically have an average of 50 students in a class, and students only study four hours per day, children needing help can miss the opportunity to gain the support they need. Additionally, we have seen that absence is often due to hunger. Our center seeks to assist children with all of these issues.

We have 6 staff working with the children daily. These teachers and assistants are excited about the program and showing great dedication to helping our students.

I’m excited about this program and thankful for your part in seeing this ministry opened and blessing our students.  Thank you!

It’s a New Year.

Twenty-nineteen is already bountiful with God’s enabling us to see fruit in various ministries here.

As a new school year began in January, we once again registered more than 400 students in our sponsorship program. This year, we have Bible clubs for our sponsored students in each school where we sponsor.

Through our ACTS ministry of assisting churches here, we have begun funding the renovations for 3 churches we hope to see open in the next month.

On February 1st, 16 ladies graduated from our Scarlet Cord Hairdressing center, following a 7 month program. We have seen God working in their hearts these months, and are happy to see their achievements and spiritual growth. Our sewing students will complete their studies at the end of March.

I share all of this with you, to show you what God is allowing us to be a part of with you partnership! May God bless you abundantly.




Thank you for sponsoring children through Love Alive International.

The 2019 school year is our 7th year of sponsorship, and we have over 400 students enrolled in our program this year.

Your sponsorship provides each student with necessary school fees, uniform, and school supplies—all the tools they need for a great school year.

We are also excited to be holding weekly Sponsorship Bible clubs in each school this year. We began our first in-school Bible Club the first week of February, and I don’t know who is more excited me, my fellow teachers or the children!

Thank you for impacting students academically and spiritually to prepare them for a brighter future.


Sponsorship Notice!


Attention all Sponsors!

For the past 5 years, we have been blessed to sponsor children in Rwanda to go to school for an entire year for the low rate of only $35 per student.  This has included their school uniforms (shorts or skirt, shirt and sweater), their basic school supplies, school fees, and in the cases of 6th grade through high school, their lunch fees as well.

At this time it is important to raise the cost by $10 per year to be able to cover expenses as they have grown slightly over time.

Beginning January of 2018, the cost of sponsorship will be $45 per child.

HOWEVER: You may continue your sponsorship or begin a new sponsorship before December 31, 2017 and still sponsor a child for only $35.

Beginning January, 2017, the cost of sponsoring a student will be $45 per child.

God bless you!

A Glimpse into a School in Africa.


I hiked up a steep red dirt hill, cut off from the main road. This is the same half-mile hill that over 600 elementary students trek each day as they walk over 2 miles to get to school. There are only 6 teachers for all 600 students. Each teacher instructs a class of 50 students in one classroom from 7 am until noon. When those students are released at midday the next group of 300 students arrives, and each teacher begins with a new class of 50 little ones.  I spoke with the Kindergarten teacher who was currently instructing 56 students without even a teacher’s aide.  Classrooms are rarely painted, usually having only bare cinder block walls. Paint, charts, pictures and classroom resources are a luxury that most schools cannot afford. Having previously taught myself, and loving all things bright and inspirational, I often try to wrap my mind around a school in America in which a teacher has 50-60 children in a class, without any books, charts, crayons, construction paper, scissors, bulletin boards or even paint on the walls, not to mention no electricity for so much as a fan on 90 degree days with 50 children packed inside.  Then I search for inspiration on how to network and bring materials here so that teachers will be better able to educate their students and students will have greater potential for learning and further developing the next generation. If you have ideas, I’m always open to learning, so please share!

Please Tell Our Friends in America We Need Books To Learn

Please Send Books

Please Send Books

Who would  have ever thought that I would teach a construction class?!?!!? Yet here I was in Rural Rwanda telling a class full of eager young men what building materials in America are like. They wanted to know how building was different in America. Mind you they have not a single book for 300 students, nor a computer nor TV, so their ideas about the Western world are very limited.

No, actually we didn’t build out of mud in USA, but yes we used some brick and cement. Also our houses are supported by wood. (This they really couldn’t believe.) I used a chalkboard and my very limited artistic skills to demonstrate such things as siding, 2x4s, shingles, insulation, dry wall, carpet. I also tried to tell them about central heating and air as most households here have not so much as a fan.   As I was not prepared for this impromptu building class (I walked in to say, “hello” only visiting the school), and not having built anything myself. I had no pictures, and my explanations were amateur to say the least.

Yet, here I am days later, in another province still thinking about those young men in their final year of a Secondary level skill training school, and I’m wondering how I could further help these young men.  I imagine taking them pictures and how-to videos, short clips from the internet, showing them the Lowe’s and Home Depot websites and letting their imaginations soar with such new thoughts as an entire store of building materials larger than several football fields.

One thing these boys said to me was, “We love America. America is our friend. Please tell our friends in America that we need books- books on building and construction, on land survey and technology.”

Can you imagine an American school not having a single book in a classroom? How do students get new ideas, broader horizons or even accurate concepts without printed materials or pictures to piece information together?

In most schools, the teacher prepares a lesson hand-written in a composition notebook. They then write paragraph after paragraph on a chalk board which is then copied by each student by hand into his own composition book. This scene is repeated in primary, secondary and University levels.

Can you picture how even a small library would transform this school and inspire these students? When I mentioned to a teacher that her students were asking for books, she replied, “Yes, even a dictionary.” This entire school had not even one dictionary!

When I left, one of the older students stopped me again and asked me, “Will you bring us books? Will you come back?” I promised him that I would share his request with my friends, and we could pray for books.