Winnipeg Student Returns from Life-Changing Trip to Rwanda

By Brian Schultz

An 18-year-old Winnipeg student hand-chosen by World Vision to travel to Rwanda to become a global advocate against poverty and injustice, has returned to the city after a journey of a lifetime.

Evan Roberts was selected along with five others to act as a Youth Ambassador to work with Rwandans to overcome barriers, such as poverty, malnutrition and poor health. Roberts was able to talk to children who have benefited from the generosity of Canadians through World Vision’s child sponsorship program.

More than 150 young Canadian applicants were vying for the few available spots to travel to the country and lend a hand.

“What made this trip special for me was witnessing the strength the Rwandan people have despite living in poverty and surviving something unimaginable like the genocide,” said Roberts. “Despite all that has affected them, they still have a warm light in their hearts. It was amazing to meet so many great people.”

The Youth Ambassador competition was launched as part of World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine and is now in its fourth year.