Success Stories


I was the one to take care of the baby. We had to forget about school.

— Habimana

Habimana stands in front of a tree. Photo by Winrock International.

Habimana Andrew started working when he was ten, harvesting tea and working quarries in his native Rwanda. He had to combine work and school to feed his family. Then he left school completely when his mother died of cancer, leaving only him and his sister to take care of a seven-month old baby. “There was nothing to do apart from dropping out of school," Habimana said. "My older sister also dropped out of school and she was the one to provide meals. I was also the one to take care of the baby and we had to forget about school. But now, thanks to the REACH-T project, I am happy, because I am back to where I should be: at school.”

Rwanda Education Alternatives for Children in Tea-Growing Areas (REACH-T)
Published Date
14 July 2022
Tags/Project Topics
Child Labor
Intervention Type
Livelihoods services
Capacity building - Civil society
Capacity building - Government
Capacity building - Private sector
Sub-Saharan Africa