changing life of a child headed housholdTheoneste Sindikubwabo is 25 years old and living in Kinoni sector, Burera district in the Northern part of Rwanda. He is proud of himself and has a good reason to smile. In 1998, when he was only 6 years old, his parents passed away. He grew up with a lot responsibility as he had to take care of his two younger brothers.

“My life became very hard when my father passed away and one month later my mother died too. I was only 6 years old. I was on my own with my little brothers and we had to struggle very hard to survive as no one in our community helped us”.

Theoneste went to primary school but dropped out at the age of 15 in Primary 5 as the harsh living conditions resulted in him repeating classes. After dropping out of school, he found a job as a housekeeper. He only earned RwF 2,000 ($2.44) per month. He combined this job with farming activities on the neighbor’s land plot, which gave them some food. “This was not enough money to cover our basic needs,” he explained.

Integrating people with disabilities             USAID Twiyubake restored the dignity and hope of a 54 years old blind man, Laurent Kagina, who has been blind since 4 years. He is married and has 3 children. His sons are 22 and 20 years old, his daughter is 18. The 18 year old daughter is enrolled in Secondary 3, but the sons did not had the chance to complete their secondary education. The family lives modestly in a small house that they rent for RwF 40,000 ($48.78) per month. Laurent’s spouse is the only one who generates a little income from casual labor work, which allows them to pay for the rent and for their food consumption.

AEE enrolled the family in the program in August 2016, in Niboye sector, Kicukiro district. Laurent joined the Intambwe savings group made up of 20 members. ‘’I felt very hopeless because of my sight disability. When I started with the savings group, I could not imagine how a person like me could be accepted by the group members and work with them as an equal accepted member. But now I have a story to tell,” revealed Laurent. “Belonging to the savings group restored my hope and dignity as a human being. I learned a lot since I joined the savings group. I learned how to save, the importance of saving, and how to be self-motivated,” he added.

distribution of school materialsPrior to starting the new school year, USAID Twiyubake provided a one-time donation of educational supplies and materials to 51,346 school-going children in the 12 districts of program implementation.

The distribution of school material is a way to tackle school drop outs by easing the economic burden on parents sending their children to school.

The donation included school materials for the entire year including schoolbags, note books, pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, and (for higher level classes) mathematic sets and scientific calculators. The school materials will be followed with school uniforms and solar lamps so students can study at night in areas without electricity.

Hon. Minister Esperance Nyirasafari at the 11th Children Summit exhibion Minister The program participated in the 11th national children’s summit organized by the NCC from December 6-8th, under the theme “Positive Parenting: Foundation of Culture.”

The summit began with an exhibition by organizations in Rwanda working in the field of child promotion, attended by the Honorable Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Esperance Nyirasafari. At the exhibition, the program displayed recommended ECD practices, including positive parenting, core ECD pillars, and community involvement of males, particularly fathers, in the ECD. In addition, the program highlighted its involvement in adolescent SRHR, including prevention of teenage pregnancies, HIV and sexually transmitted Infections (STIs), and gender-based violence.

The following day, children participated in a cultural contest. The third day was dedicated to a summit at the parliament, which closed with children discussing and presenting their recommendations about their rights and role in Rwanda’s development.The program provided financial support for pre-summit meetings and supported training of children forum committees for active participation at the summit. In addition, it supported transport of children to the summit from the districts and provided T-shirts for participants.

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