What is Run Bugesera?
An annual sports camp in partnership with Rwanda Children that brings hundreds of children together, building a community through sports. Our first camp took place in July 2022 and served over 350 kids, prioritizing the most vulnerable in the community through teacher referrals. Throughout the 7-day camp, we provided two meals and an afternoon snack each day, for a total of 5,320 meals and 2,660 snacks, for all of the participants, many of whom normally aren't able to afford more than 1 meal per day. Every kid walked away from camp with medical insurance for a year, 1:1 dental consultations, school supplies, and daily teachings centered around Rwandan cultural values.
Together we can.
We offered full annual coverage of medical insurance for every kid participating in the program, as well as providing free clinical care and medicine for participants throughout the program.
We welcomed two doctors from the Oral Health Foundation of Rwanda, who provided an oral health lesson and individual 1:1 dental consultations for all campers across two days, referring several campers to receive additional care for urgent procedures that likely wouldn't have been identified otherwise.
Food & Water
We served two meals and an afternoon snack across each of the seven days, totaling 5,320 meals and 2,660 snacks for over 350 kids, many of whom normally aren't able to afford more than 1 meal per day.
Each day we centered our programming – including team activities, speakers, and debriefs – around a particular tenet within the Rwandan Cultural Values in National Development (Teamwork, Resilience, Creativity, Diversity, Gratefulness, Honesty, and Curiosity/Skill-Building), encouraging the kids to think about how to apply these values to their daily lives.
We provided a safe, structured, and welcoming space for these kids, many of whom (according to our partners in Rwanda) would have otherwise been alone in the streets or participating in hard manual labor during this break from school.
Camp participants served the wider local community by cleaning homes and completing various other helpful tasks for 8 local widows who are no longer able to be self-sufficient.
How can you help?
To fund this program, we are looking to work with dedicated partners and generous donors to secure the resources needed to support the many kids that will participate in Run Bugesera. Donations will go directly to the program, where kids will have access to heath insurance for a year, dental care lessons, hot meals, fresh water, sports equipment, and staff supervision and care. Your tax-deductible donation would go a long way to make this initiative a success.