Nshimyimana Family By: aLex masterson foster

Family life

The Nshimyimana family lives in the Rubengera region of Rwanda. They make about 251 dollars a month. Martin the father is 51 years old and has been a cattle trader most of his life. His wife and the mother to his children Musabyimana is 47 years old and is a farmer. They live with their 5 children in a 5 room house that they've been living in for 10 years. Their next big plan is to buy some agricultural land. Their dream is to one day be able to buy a car.


Though hospitals and medical centres in Rwanda have the essential drugs and basic lab facilities, they are lacking in the proper equipment and doctors. According to the World Health Organization, in 2000-2010, only 221 physicians were registered as working in Rwanda. This means that for specialty surgeries such as heart or brain, the doctors can be counted on one hand. This family is relatively healthy, and try to stay that way. It's hard to get good healthcare where they live. The World Health Organization also says that 52% of people in Rwanda die from communicable, maternal, paternal or nutritional diseases. The amount of disease versus the amount of doctors is huge.


The education in Rwanda is low despite the policies such as, it is mandatory to attend primary school for 6 years, and high school for a minimum of 3 years. These policies have only recently been taken into account. In the past the people of Rwanda barely attended school, and if they did it wasn't consistent. The kids in this family attend school whenever they aren't busy helping with chores.

Home life: The Nshimyimana family has a 5 bedroom tin roofed home. They've lived there for 10 years. They don't have any indoor plumbing or electricity. Their bathroom is a hole in the ground. Their shower is a bucket of water that they pour on their head. The stove they use is a camp fire on the kitchen floor. They wash their hands with a bucket of water that they refill by walking to the nearest source of water. This is not an unusual home life in Rwanda.

Food and water

In Rwanda every 2 in 3 people live in poverty and millions don't have access to clean water. The Wateraid website says that 600 children under 5 die every year from diarrhea caused by lack of unsafe water and poor sanitation in Rwanda. People are forced to use water from creeks or streams, and a shared water tap in town, if they're lucky. This family is fortunate enough to have a shared water tap in the middle of town. They walk to distance everyday to collect the water they need. The Nshimyimana family has a garden which supplies most of their food. They also have a few chickens, and sometimes buy meat from town if they have the money.

The Nshimyimana family doesn't have the easiest life. They do the best they can with what they have. They work hard, and try to create a good home, and life for their family. They work together and try their best. This family isn't happy all the time, but they take time to enjoy and do the things they love. They have fun and take time to spend with the family, whenever they can.

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