AOCM received The World’s Children’s Prize 2006 because the organisation fights for the children and young people whose parents were killed during the 1994 genocide.
AOCM consists of young people who lost their parents in the genocide, and together they now try to help each other create a better life. They are like a family, where people care about one another. Although most people in AOCM live in extreme poverty, they help each other with food, clothes, roofs over their heads, new families, and access to healthcare and education. And most important of all: they give each other friendship and love.
Over 6,000 orphaned children and young people have the chance of a better life through AOCM. Young people who might other-wise end up living on the street with drugs, violence, criminality and prostitution. AOCM speaks on the orphans’ behalf in Rwanda, by constantly reminding the government and organisations that the orphans exist.
Learn more about AOCM in the Globe Magazine from 2006:
Text: Andreas Lönn, Photos: Mark Vuori
The facts and figures on this page were accurate at the time of writing, in 2006