Jul 24, 2020

Early Childhood Development Center in Rwanda

In Rwanda, we believe children are the future of our community, but they are also the most affected by the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi - some became orphans, some traumatized and some were made homeless. The resulting high poverty rates in Gashora limit access to early childhood development (ECD) centers and education.  Investing in early childhood development is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty and inequality. 

Today, Journey House Actions (JHA) Rwanda impacts directly more than 1,000 families and more than 4,000 community members, through our education, health, WASH and feeding programs, and most recently, our COVID-19 interventional food basket. We continue to develop strong relationships in our local communities and with the government in Gashora.  Therefore, we are able to promote awareness about child rights and protection. 

We serve more than 120 children in our existing Early Childhood Development Center in Gashora village but demand far exceeds our current capacity. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of our donor investors, we began construction of another Early Childhood Development Center in Gashora village that will provide a safe, fun and productive space to educate and serve another 250 children.  This Center will help our children reach their boundless potential. 

Project Update & Success 

The construction of our new ECD center started earlier this year but was temporally halted due to government restrictions in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Rwanda was one of the first African states to implement lockdowns within the country and at its border.   

As a result of the COVID-19 restrictions, unemployment in our community exceeded 60%.  In order to support our community in these trying times we tried to hire as many local people as possible to work on the construction of the ECD center.  This project provided more than 70 part-time construction and site preparation jobs to single mothers and youth living in Gashora, providing them with the resources to purchase medical insurance, buy food and pay utilities.  

Despite the temporary setback due to COVID-19, our local community construction company recently reported that the Center should still be completed by September 2020. They already laid the bricks for the building foundation and are in the process of cleaning the site and getting more materials on the site.  

Thanks to the generous past and future investment in this project by our donors through GlobalGiving we will be able to complete construction of the Center, hire staff and purchase needed supplies allowing us to educate children below five years of age so they can thrive and reach their boundless potential. 


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