Esther’s Aid

Esther’s Aid was established in 1999 in New Rochelle, New York. In 2000, we planted our roots in Kigali Rwanda. Esther’s Aid inspires hope by providing free life changing skills through its technical training and education programs to impoverished youth and young women who have been abused and exploited.
Meet Our Staff
Clare Effiong
Country Mission Director
Edet Emmanuel
Financial Officer
Gaudence Mukandayisenga
School Supervisor
Ndamukunda Olivier
Programs Coordinator
What People Say About Esther’s Aid
Our History
Esther’s Aid for Needy and Abandoned began its grass-roots operations in New Rochelle, New York in 1999 to help children in need and the homeless in our local community.  In partnership with churches, we immersed ourselves in working in homeless shelters, group homes, feeding the poor and other humanitarian efforts.

During a visit to Rwanda in April of 2000, former Nigerian Diplomat and Founder Clare Effiong witnessed the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. Stunned by the devastation and unbelievable suffering endured by small children on the street, Clare felt called to refocus her efforts from New York to Rwanda.  She saw children without parents, shelter, little clothing, poorly nourished, and in poor health.  Hundreds were living at the garbage dump, struggling for survival.  Esther’s Aid was established in Rwanda with the goal of rescuing and protecting children from the hazards of poverty, abandonment, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, drug addiction, child labor, sexual exploitation, and trafficking.

Our Mission
We Love, We Care, We Train, We Empower.  Our mission is to repair and transform broken lives and build self-esteem. We provide education and skills training to help our students lift themselves out of poverty and achieve productive futures. We instill in them a positive vision of hope, confidence, dignity, self-respect and the love of God. Esther’s Aid encourages peace among all ethnic groups.