Dr Simon Mbarushimana

Dr Simon Mbarushimana

Founder and Coordinator

Just like children sponsored through RSVP, I was born into total poverty:

  • I wore shoes for the very first time at the age of 15
  • I owned and used a toothbrush, toilet paper, a soap bar for shower, socks and underpants at the age of 15;
  • The privileges such as three meals a day and sleeping on a bed/bedsheet began when I was 15.

The turning point at the age 15 was because I had passed the equivalent of the 11+ exam and was going to boarding school, where all those “luxuries” were compulsory boarding school requirements.

As my family was far too poor to meet such requirements or pay the tuition fees, some Church friends contributed until a Swiss Missionary eventually took over my sponsorship.

Due to him, I am now a Durham University BSc Honours graduate, Aberdeen MBChB graduate and as of February 2022 only 2 years away from becoming a consultant in general surgery.

Sponsorship not only helped me to fly with my own wings, but more importantly, it inspired me to replicate sponsorship: a low cost but very effective way of getting one more child out of poverty.

My role within RSVP charity is to help UK and Rwanda teams work together as one unit and network with like minded NGOs and Rwandan government agencies.

Meeting and working with so many compassionate donors, partners, trustees and volunteers has been my real privilege since 2007; and I can truly say being part of this charity, where well targeted generosity truly transforms lives, remains my proudest moment to date.

Dr Simon Mbarushimana, Higher Surgical Trainee (North East England), MBChB, BSc Honours. RSVP Founder, Trustee and Coordinator