Build, Staff and Equip an Early Childhood Development Center for 250 Children in Rwanda. Please join Journey House Actions Rwanda in building, staffing & equipping an Early Childhood Development Center that will educate and support 250 children in the Gashora sector, Bugesera District of Rwanda. Our programs at this center will focus on child cognitive development and also help reduce the high rates of child malnutrition, abuse and stunted growth, hence meeting full child potential.
Many children in Rwanda became orphans, homeless and traumatized as the result of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi people. The effects of this genocide are still experienced today with 28% of households led by widowed mothers. Poverty and extreme poverty rates are high in Rwanda (45% and 24%, respectively). The poverty rates in Gashora Village are even higher. Only 6% of Gashora children attend early childhood development schools. As a result, there is a high level of child violence.
Today, Journey House Actions Rwanda impacts directly more than 345 children and women and more than 1,240 indirectly through our education, health, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and feeding programs. We serve more than 120 children in our existing Early Childhood Development Center in Gashora. With the help of our donors, we plan to construct another Early Childhood Development Center that will provide a safe, fun and productive space to educate and serve 250 children.
Children are the key to the future success of Rwanda. According to UNICEF, it is important for children to develop and learn in a healthy and normal environment. The programs we offer through our Early Childhood Development centers and our other programs will help our children, their mothers and the care givers employed at our centers to meet these basic and developmental needs resulting in the opportunity for our children and their families to live self-reliant, sustainable and full lives.