through access to shelter, education, and a family environment, we can empower rwanda's next generation.

They have a sensation of home, surrounded by people who care about and believe in them, many of them for the first time in their lives.
— Rebecca Usabyamahoro


Ubaka U Rwanda, a Kinyarwandan phrase which means "To Build Rwanda," is a youth center located in Kigali, Rwanda. The center is currently home for 30 boys, providing them shelter, education, medical care, and a family environment. Ubaka also supports another two dozen children whose parents cannot do so. The center was co-founded by Evode Usbyamahoro , who grew up a street child himself, and started the initiative in 2003. He now runs it with his wife Rebecca, and is supported by registered charities in both the US and UK. Learn more

Latest News

Life at the Center

Upcoming events

Rafiki Run

More info coming soon.

run the 1 2017.

Each year, a small group of runners and bikers take on one of the most difficult and iconic courses in the country, US Highway 1. In the form a relay, a distance of almost 200 miles will be covered over two days.  Each individual pushes their body to their own limit, some running upwards of 100 miles. The race was founded by Shaun Sullivan, the founder of Ubaka U Rwanda's US chapter.

Learn More About Run the 1

pictures from last year's Run the 1