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May 7, 2019

Enhancing empowerment through Arts training

Our beneficiaries during training/ drawing
Our beneficiaries during training/ drawing

We have been working hard to provide our beneficiaries with skills and knowledge to enhance their competence on labour market. To ensure the sustainability of after rehabilitation, the young women/mothers and girls were trained on how they can use various forms of arts to build their bright future and be able create their own employment instead sitting idle while waiting for paid employment.

We have conducted trainings on performing arts. All the children have been trained on dance, music and theatre. The hired professionals in the field of acting, helped our beneficiaries to find out what they can do and how best performing arts can change one’s life by generating income.

As result, 7 children have chosen to perform in the theatre acted out during the official opening of our youth clinic known as ‘‘Imirasire Youth Clinic and Laboratory’’ which coincided with the reintegration of former Centre Marembo beneficiaries who had been under rehabilitation program.

Through the training, we came to found a club for drama, theatre and other various performances which will regularly involve the children in center in the theatrical performance, aiming at talent detection and development.

Apart from performing arts, we have also trained our girls in visual arts mainly in its part of drawing and painting. We plan to extend arts trainings in other forms like ceramics, design, photography, craft, filmmaking and videos.

During performing arts
During performing arts
Mar 4, 2019

Fighting malnutrition for better health

Nutrition check up using MUAC measurement
Nutrition check up using MUAC measurement

Centre Marembo through its mission of transforming the lives, has been working hard to improve the nutrition status of not only the direct beneficiaries of the center but also creating awareness to the rest of community aiming at healthy and happy family.

Our activities have been focused on training our staff who, in their daily doings, work with the young girls victims of abuse, teen and pre-teen mothers, and pregnant teens with their babies accommodated at Centre Marembo to make sure that they are able to identify each one’s nutrition requirements and special diet.

As we receive children with various background including former street girls, and victims of HIV/AIDS, they need more attention to recover from sufferings resulted from past bad experience and nutrition is one of the core components of health and wellbeing pillar we focus on.

Nutrition check up

The new 23 young girls brought at the center have been checked to see their nutrition status and the other children also checked to make sure that they are improving or need special diet.

Special diet food

Even if the findings from nutrition check up shows that no serious malnutrition problems registered, the teen mothers and pregnant teens and pre-teens required special diet food as well as the victims of HIV/AIDS and other serious health problems and the children with diet restriction.

With the contribution from GlobalGiving and other partners, we could provide our beneficiaries in need with diet food depending on each one’s health status and problems.

Conclusion

Since the centre Marembo beneficiaries are the part of the community, we remain convinced that we have to extend our strategies beyond the center to help the community. We have trained the youth volunteers in nutrition who are carrying out community outreach program by educating the community what is malnutrition, how to prevent and the special needs for them to fight against underweight, anemia and stunting which are 9%, 38% and 37% respectively at the national level according The 2016/17 findings by Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey (RDHS). 

Pregnant teens provided with diet food
Pregnant teens provided with diet food
Daily porridge for babies mixed with milk
Daily porridge for babies mixed with milk
Sports for a better health
Sports for a better health
Babies whose mothers accomodated at Centre Marembo
Babies whose mothers accomodated at Centre Marembo
Feb 6, 2019

Centre Marembo had a successful reintegration

Reintegrated girls provided with reintegration kit
Reintegrated girls provided with reintegration kit

On 07/12/2018, Centre Marembo reintegrated 22 children who have been under rehabilitation program and now ready to be reunified with their respective families and reintegration as independent living. Among them, 3 were teen mothers who have been reintegrated with their babies.

In our concept, reintegration is done by reunifying the children with their biological parents or fostering families and independent living where most teen mothers are facilitated to live their life. In fact, we find them job and then rent for them the house for the first 2 months and are provided with basic kits to start up their independent living. This time we had one teen mother independently reintegrated.

The reintegrated children have been provided with reintegration kits. Before then, they have been equipped with adequate training on child rights and parent’s responsabilities, Arts, Agriculture and farming, and sewing.

‘‘We will keep on following up the reintegrated children to make sure they do not drop out their studies and we urge the parents to be accountable to their children by respecting their rights.’’ Highlighted by Nicolette NSABIMANA, Executive Director of Centre Marembo Organisation.

Centre Marembo follow up the reintegrated children especially working with their family to facilitate them in their studies and vocational trainings as well as providing financial supports to enable them to start small businesses.

Centre Marembo extend its gratitude to everyone who has been contributing to the works of helping vulnerable children at the center. Without your tireless effort our achievement would no be realized.

They were provided with admission letter for study
They were provided with admission letter for study
Reintegrated girls with their parents
Reintegrated girls with their parents
Attendees during reintegration day
Attendees during reintegration day
 
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