People with Down syndrome in Rwanda face multiple challenges and restrictions of their rights. Stigma and discrimination are very common, with some people hidden away by their families. Early development services are either non-existent or very limited, and they are rejected from almost all mainstream schools. Some are denied essential medical treatment due to having Down syndrome.
This project will support the Rwanda Down Syndrome Organisation (RDSO) to support and advocate for people with Down syndrome and their families. This includes: providing support for parents via drop-in sessions and support groups; advocating for children with Down syndrome to be included in mainstream schools; supporting people with Down syndrome to access essential services; raising awareness and challenging stigma around Down syndrome.
By supporting families and people with Down syndrome and advocating for access to key services including education and healthcare, this project will have an enormous positive impact on the lives of people with Down syndrome in Rwanda. Having these rights fulfilled will open up a huge range of opportunities in the long-term, enabling people with Down syndrome to be included in their communities and live healthy, fulfilled lives.