We believe everyone deserves an opportunity to rise above their circumstances.
What options are there for a refugee student after secondary school?
University is too expensive, and jobs are not guaranteed, even with a degree, and especially under the shadow of refugee status. But for many young refugees, the hope of having purpose and some sense of control over their life never truly dies.
And everyone deserves an opportunity to rise above their circumstances.
As students complete their secondary schooling, vocational training opportunities give them a chance to learn a trade that provides a path to employment. Impact Hope offers vocation exploration through the summer trade camp, followed by the opportunity for 6-month vocational training and entrepreneur education at a regional trade school after they complete secondary school.
Integrated Polytechnic Regional Colleges (IPRC)
Rwanda has quality certificate and advanced degree schools around the country, similar to what we would call community college in America. These Integrated Polytechnic Regional Colleges (IPRC) offer short-term learning programs (3-12 months) in various technical skills, including advanced English learning and Entrepreneurship courses.
It is our goal to support 6-12 months of IPRC certification to any post-secondary Impact Hope students who demonstrate the desire and drive to pursue employment through vocational school.
Impact Hope Summer Vocational Training
Impact Hope also provides a month long vocational training program each year to introduce students to new vocations by giving them hands on training.
Impact Hope Graduate Starts His Own Bakery!
In March of 2020, our team had the pleasure of visiting a former Impact Hope student, Shukuru, who is now one of the first to start his own business. Thanks to the culinary arts training he received, and a motivation to move beyond life in the refugee camp, he has opened a small bakery on the outskirts of Kigali. Seeing customers enjoying a meal when we walked in, and being served his delicious creations, brought us immense joy. This is why Impact Hope began!
We invite you to support more futures like Shukuru’s.
Generous people like you have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of young Rwanda refugee students already. Impact Hope is determined to help these young men and women continue to build success into their future, and a way out of the camps–and with your help, then and now, we will see that happen!