Jean Marie Muhire

My name is Mr. Muhire Jean Marie Eugène, lawyer at Rwanda Barr Association. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree of Law from Kigali Independent University and an MBA (Finance & Banking) from Kabale University in Uganda. I also hold a Post-Graduate degree in Legal Practice.

Prior to becoming a member of Rwanda Barr Association in 2016, I worked as an independent consultant in law and management for different consultancy companies, providing research and training aimed at the population’s social behaviour change, including human and children’s rights related issues. The research projects in which I participated include, but are not limited to, the evaluation of two law related projects, namely: a two years project on Child Rights and Family Strengthening (assignment by SOS Rwanda) and a two years project on Women Rights, related to access to land and women economic empowerment (assignment by TROCAIRE-Rwanda) as Team Leader.

I have also worked as Global Governance Researcher within Rwanda Governance Board, as Quality Control Specialist in the Ministry of Infrastructure and as Legal Advisor for several companies in Rwanda. My educational and professional experience makes my practice easy in various areas of law including but not limited to corporate, labour, government procurement and commercial law.
As a lawyer, I am volunteering as facilitator and legal advisor in registering WoaBF in Rwanda.

Mugabo Justin

Justin Mugabo

I am Justin Mugabo and I am 29 years old.

From my childhood onwards I was interested in supporting others. In 2010 I founded the Youth Ambassadors club in my High School which supported vulnerable students by stimulating their talents.

While I attended University I created the Association of Students for Sustainable Peace. We supported people who lived in the area of the University and who were vulnerable. One of our main activities was to bring hygienic materials to the Mahama Camp at Kirehe (Burunian refugees) in 2015.

After I stopped my studies in 2016 I started supporting children near my hometown. I promoted early childhood education in the country side of the Nyarugenge sector. This is in the Bugesera District, where I use to live with my family. I have also worked with the people there for the last 4 years.

As my dream was to work for the community, I was really pleased to meet Liesbeth Van Helmond, leader of the WoaBF. I also saw that the initiative of promoting ECDs in Rwanda was succesful. And it inspired me because I saw similarities with what I have tried to do in the past. Therefore I am very pleased to become a volunteer for this organisation. This way I can use my skills, talents, courage and experience in transforming society by promoting early childhood education as a fundamental aspect of educating children. It empowers and enables them to achieve their goals in the future.
I am glad to contribute to WoaBF.

Ik ben Justin Mugabo, 29 jaar oud.

Sinds mijn jeugd ben ik geïnteresseerd in het ondersteunen van anderen. In 2010 heb ik de Youth Ambassadors club op mijn middelbare school opgericht. Deze club ondersteunde kwetsbare studenten door hun talenten te stimuleren.

Tijdens mijn studie heb ik de Vereniging van Studenten voor Duurzame Vrede opgericht. We ondersteunden mensen die in de buurt van de universiteit woonden en kwetsbaar waren. Een van onze belangrijkste activiteiten was het brengen van hygiënische materialen naar het Mahama-kamp in Kirehe (Buruniaanse vluchtelingen) in 2015.

Nadat ik in 2016 mijn studie had gestaakt, begon ik kinderen in de buurt van mijn geboorteplaats te begeleiden. Zo promootte ik onderwijs aan jonge kinderen op het platteland van de Nyarugenge-sector. Dit is in het Bugesera-district, waar ik met mijn familie woonde. Ik heb de afgelopen 4 jaar ook met de mensen daar gewerkt.

Omdat het mijn droom was om voor de gemeenschap te werken, was ik erg blij om Liesbeth Van Helmond, leider van de WoaBF, te ontmoeten. Ik zag ook dat het initiatief om ECD’s in Rwanda te promoten succesvol was. En het inspireerde me, omdat ik overeenkomsten zag met wat ik in het verleden heb geprobeerd te doen.

Daarom ben ik erg blij om vrijwilliger te zijn voor deze organisatie. Op deze manier kan ik mijn vaardigheden, talenten, moed en ervaring gebruiken om de samenleving te veranderen door voorschools onderwijs te promoten als een fundamenteel onderdeel van de opvoeding. Het stelt kinderen in staat zichzelf te versterken en hun doelen in de toekomst te halen.

Ik wil graag mijn bijdrage leveren aan WoaBF.


Leonard Ntibazubugingo

Country Director

Dear founder and friends of Wings of a Brighter Future.

My name is Leonard Ntibazubugingo. I am 44 years old, married, I have 4 children (3 males, 1 female from 20-7 years old), raising 1 orphan (7 years, male). All of them are still studying.

I am an educated man, an oriented and based human right researcher for several years. I have played a big role in different surveys organized by his professional trade union on child labor in Tea plantation sector in Rwanda.

Despite this, I am an attracted farmer with some forests and coffee plantations. I am one of the founders of a local coffee processing cooperative with 100 farmers.

As far as education is one of the fundamental human right, I am convinced the said right has to get its fundamental roots since the early child hood development.

After our first surprising meeting with Liesbeth van Helmond in Eastern Province of Rwanda while she was visiting her ECD’s based in Bugesera District, we shared various experiences and discovered that we have a common interest of transforming the society through education since the early childhood.

As the one who is used and interested in working with the community (I have a great ability in communication with various groups), I am interested in helping Liesbeth van Helmond initiatives by approaching the community by visits, advices, sensitization of the community on the importance of the education promotion by insistence on the early childhood development but also the role of the community to achieve this key goal.

Gaspard Nzayisenga

Gaspard Nzayisenga

I am a Rwandan wildlife veterinarian working for Gorilla Doctors, an organization that is dedicated to conserving wild mountain and eastern lowland (or Grauer’s) gorillas through life-saving veterinary care and a One Health approach.

I’m equally passionate for early childhood education especially the least advantaged ones. Therefore I thought that by making my contribution towards early years of education to the less fortunate by establishing an Early Childhood Development center would be the best way of giving back to the community.

With my team of teachers and caregivers, we are running an ECD center in our neighborhood since 2015 and because of this initiative; I was featured as “the silent hero” of the month by the Silent Heroes Foundation in 2017.

High quality pre-school child care lays the foundation for a successful start at school and later in life. Since its beginning, our school has known a steady growth and WoaBF has been a proud partner and has accompanied us through the process of improving the quality of the child care service.

I am very excited about the opportunity to volunteer with the Wings of a Brighter Future in particular and I feel committed to its different interventions to promote the qualified early childhood education among several thriving preschools across the country. I believe that the privilege of working with WoaBF will best allow me to share my vision of a fair start in life with others and advocate for those whose voices are not heard.