"When I visited that school, I felt like I was a normal child. I wasn't a street kid anymore." These are the words of Eric Mugiraneza, a former street child who now attends Sonrise Boarding School in Rwanda. RDDC, in partnership with you, is helping street children have the chance to go to school and permanently leave their lives on the street.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
There are no official statistics on the number of street children in Rwanda, but estimates run as high as several thousand. Children are forced onto the streets because of poverty, domestic abuse, or parental rejection. The child's mental state switches to one of survival where he thinks solely about finding food and a place to sleep. The ideas of education or self-betterment disappear. The children are illiterate, have no vocational skills, and suffer from a deep sense of worthlessness.
How will this project solve this problem?
RDDC runs a three-tier program. First, children attend dance classes that foster the transformation of aggressive energy into a positive, aesthetic art form. Second, top dance students are invited to go to the RDDC IT Center that teaches a standardized curriculum of MS Programs, Email, and Google Search skills. Third, top students receive RDDC scholarships to attend boarding school, which is the ultimate solution to breaking the poverty cycle: shelter, nutrition, clothing and education.
Potential Long Term Impact
This project is an innovative solution to the problem of re-integration. Street children need to reform their behavior and perceptions as well as receive hard skills and education to successfully become members of society rather than beggars on the street. The RDDC Program is a full solution to this problem and has a proven track record of success in Rwanda. Over time, this model can be adopted by other NGOs in more countries in order to tackle the issue of street children on a global scale.
Total Funding Received to Date: $7,385
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $17,615
Total Funding Goal: $25,000