Ishimwe means ‘Give thanks to God’ in Kinyarwanda, the language of Rwanda. This adventure was founded in 2003 by Roger & Faith Shaw. Their first rescue home was in Ruhengeri. In 2012, they relocated to Bugesera.
In 2006, the Shaws formed a US non-profit organization called the Ishimwe Center with a goal to provide real and lasting hope for a few of Rwanda's abandoned children by the provision of family homes.
They wanted to adopt orphans into family-style homes where they would feel as loved and secure as if they were natural born sons or daughters. Visitors expecting an orphanage are delighted to discover a large, normal-looking, happy, vibrant family, busy going about their daily business.
As the size of the family increased and as the older children became teenagers, the Shaws felt called to move to Rwanda to care for the children and expand the facility. They made the move in 2010.
The Ishimwe Center is a non-profit and none of the directors receive any payment for their services. Roger, having given up his job in Silicon Valley, formed a for-profit company in Bugesera, Rwanda called Lakeside Fish Farm.
Lakeside's land slopes all the way down towards beautiful Lake Mirayi. The is on its way to being established, but is still in need of further investor funds.
James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.