The foundation was started by Elone Hellemans who has worked in Kirinda for more than 30 years as a nurse and midwife. Many years ago she was head of the nursing course. During her time in Rwanada she dealt with a lot with children who were asking for money to go to secondary school and university.

There was also a need for nursery education. In 1985 the first nursery was started. In 1988 a foundation to raise money was started, and in 1991 it became “ Foundation Friends of Rwanda” officially.