Niyonsenga Pacifique is the founder of the Niyo Cultural Centre dedicated to improving the lives of street children. He lived on the street from age 6 but was lucky enough to have met a Canadian called Bruno who befriended him and helped him get an education. As an adult, he saw that not every child living in poverty in Kigali, Rwanda, whether on the street or not, has the same opportunity as he did “I learned that their parents failed in “family planning “. It’s quite hard to believe to find a very poor family with more than eight children, all starving, no education, and no future since their parents did nothing to plan for them”. That’s how he started working with the kids. He decided to use his 17 years of drumming and dance experience to support 60 children. Niyo Cultural Centre is located in Kigali, Rwanda.
Niyonsenga Pacifique teaches the children art, dancing and drumming so that they can perform or do their own paintings to earn money to pay for their education, medical expenses and day-to-day living. They don’t get paid for their performances; they rely on donations from venue patrons to help give these children a chance.