When I came to the Center, I was very quiet because of many wounds from losing my parents.
I appreciated being with others and met people who had more wounds than me. When I first arrived, I couldn’t stand and say anything in front of people; but now I can speak, I have confidence and I feel valuable.
I [was] in secondary school, when I arrived for the first time. I [needed] much money to help me in daily life. Mostly in my studies, I [neglected] because I was looking for someone or some people who can help me in my studies. After 3 times, I gained more than I expected because (sharing my daily life with others, nice food,…). I wish we could have some money to improve our daily li[ves] though.
I don’t know what to say about our Center. After [the] genocide, I was hopeless and was always wondering if there is at least one person who loves me because [I] felt rejected…. [A]fter passing long time here, now I feel peace even though I still need enough help from consolers [sic] and from my colleagues from [the] Rwanda Youth Healing Center.
When I came to the Rwanda Youth Healing Center, I was still young. I was hopeless; I had no hope for the future. Because I have been disappointed by our neighbors who came and destroyed our house, robbed our cows and many things and killed my father, I was frustrated by my colleagues when they used to say, "papa" (Dad). I lost my father when I was still young and I loved him.
At the RYHC, I met many youth who had severe anxiety [like] me. We used to share our stories and little by little, I felt good. They gave us nice food. We received many visitors who love us.
I really like the Center.