Mom’s Best Friend is in the business of serving families and we strive to continually be a positive force for children and parents in our communities and beyond. Along with our work with children through our business, we also like to stay involved in our community by giving back. Below, you can see all the ways that Mom’s Best Friend helps children near and far.
Africa New Life
In 2011, Mom’s Best Friend owner Kathy Dupuy was introduced to a man named Charles Buregeya. He was born in Rwanda, and his family fled to Uganda during the genocide. He eventually moved to Portland, Oregon to attend college. When he was in Portland, he felt heart moved to return to his home country to try to help his people try to rebuild what was lost. He used all of his savings to sponsor several Rwandan children to attend school. He reached out to friends, networked, and built up support for what is now Africa New Life. In just 11 years, they have helped over 4,000 people in Rwanda climb out of poverty through education and trade programs!
We were so inspired by this impact, that we now donate a portion of every placement in order to sponsor an entire boys home in Kigali, including food, lodging and vocational training. Just a few short years ago, the 18 boys that live there were on the streets with no home and no family to care for them. They had minimal access to food and only the clothes on their bodies. Now, their basic needs are cared for and they speak fluent English. They live in a wonderful bunk-bed dormitory with a sweet house mother who truly loves them. During the day, they attend classes and learn vocational skills that will allow them to find a good job and earn a great living. They speak of how Africa New Life had changed their lives, and what they dream of becoming: singer, teacher, builder, even President! They have joy and hope in their hearts and have the ability to DREAM!