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Sonrise School

In an effort to help ease the overwhelming burden of more than 400,000 orphans and a decimated school system left by the 1994 genocide, the Sonrise Boarding Schools were created to set the standard for academic excellence and servant leadership development.

Through the tireless efforts of Anglican Bishop John K. Rucyahana and his friends and colleagues at Mustard Seed Project in the United States, the Sonrise Primary School opened its doors to 200 students in September of 2001.

The foundation upon which Sonrise was established is unique in that it enrolls a combination of fifty percent “fee paying” students who come from stable homes and fifty percent orphan students who must depend on the generosity of “sponsors” who are enrolled in the Mustard Seed Project Sponsorship Program to pay their school fees. This type of student grouping also removes the fear that the school may be categorized an “orphanage”.

Four hundred and eighty-four of these students are sponsored because they do not have the financial means to attend. Most of those students have no parents and no family, and would most likely be living on the streets had they not been given the opportunity to attend Sonrise.

Sonrise has been very successful over the years. The Sonrise High School construction was completed and opened in January of 2004.

Under the expert leadership of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Laurent Mbanda, Bishop of Shyira Diocese, today the schools have a combined enrollment of 1100 students and are considered to be among the “better schools” by most Rwandans.

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