The Kuraneza Early Childhood Development (ECD) project plans to provide care and basic education to 200 vulnerable kids of 3-6 years. The Kuraneza nursery supports underprivileged kids of underage and single mothers, orphans and from families living with HIV/AIDS in poverty-stricken Gasabo district. Effective Early Childhood Development helps kids at risk of poor development due to a lack of parental care and learning opportunities to break free from the poverty cycle in Rwanda.
In the 1994 Rwanda Genocide many kids lost their parents and extended families. The orphans often had to assume a parental role for their younger brothers and sisters while still being kids themselves. The lack of education and resources left them very vulnerable. This vulnerability often results in unwanted pregnancies, and the young, mostly single mothers not being able to provide sufficient childhood care/education. The project strives to offer basic education and childcare to 200 young kids.
The Kuranza (meaning "good growth") project offers early childcare and education enabling underprivileged kids to learn and play in a safe and caring environment. Kids are provided education, nutrition, counselling, water and sanitation services through skilled caretakers during the key developmental stages. The project supports kids from families with no means to afford to pay for a nursery school/kindergarden. Currently c. 140 kids attend the nursery, the aim is to expand the capacity to 200.
The project aims to reduce vulnerability of 200 kids in the poor Gasabo district. Improvement in the kids' development, wellbeing and learning ability will increase their chances to successfully pass primary school and succeed in higher education, which is essentially the key to breaking the poverty cycle.