It is hard to start talking about our project's progress without sharing the testimonials from couples in our community. As we continue expanding our activities more couples are approaching us with such motivational insights.
Uwimana Immaculee is 45years old woman, and she is a mother of 5 children. In her testimonials she said :" It has always been like that. The husband is the head of the famly. The wives have no words to say about any decision made by the husband regardless that it even oppress innocent children. We grow up like that with our parents and ended up adopting it in our own families. Watching theaters and movies produced by this project is very educative. You watch and get inspired. Once women take actions things changes."
In her testimonials she tells us how she has been experiencing domestic violence since she got married ten years ago because of ignoring her rights. Immaculee had lived with her husband but whatever income her family would get she could not know how it was spent. Even when herself would get a job, it is only the husband who decided on how to use it. As a consequence, Immaculee and her children spent some nights without eating. The children dropped out of school, although the husband had a good salary from a permanent job. Most of the time the husband used to come back home drunk late in the night. He used to beat his wife and children, whenever they would ask for something. The mother and children experienced a miserable life and they weared old clothes. The husband was not responsible, and no one had got the courage to challenge him. Things changed when Immaculee started attending our theater performances, movies, and discussion.
She realized how much she has suffered and how the law defend her. Then, she decided to start claiming for her rights but in a peaceful way. She invited our team members as well as other families that had changed their bad behaviours. Listening to their advice and testimonial, the husband strted to change. First it was because he was afraid that the case could be reported to leaders and he had seen how the law does not tolerate such behaviours. Finally, the husband accepted to share. As a results, the children rejoined the school and Immaculee started deciding together with her husband how the money is going to be used.
These past three months, we have been performing theaters and showing our movies in different communities including women council meeting, schools, and youth centers. Everytime at the end of the movie or theater we organize a brainstorming discussion. We have realized that young people can be the engine to eradicate this domestic violence among couples. They are even the great tools for spreading the message to the whole family, and it prepares them to avoid repeating the same mistakes done by their elders.
The more testimonials we receive, the more grateful we feel for our donors. Any little or bigger donation makes a very big difference in the lives of our community. We can't thank you enough for your consistent support. We owe you an infinite thanks.