By Isaac MUGABE HATANGIMANA - IDA Rwanda Coordinator
IDA Rwanda helped by GlobalGiving and other different donors to this because we are doing great things in rural Rwanda by promoting education and Healthcare of persons with albinism. Since the beginning of this term we have carried out many activities that improve lives of persons with albinism as school fees payment, school material provision, healthcare accessibility awareness campaigns; in addition to this our Organization hosted Leena El Seed from GlobalGiving at our head office in Ngororero District, Western province of Rwanda.
During this term, we distributed school materials to 28 children with albinism under school age. More than 35 have had skin protection clothes, home visits have been carried out in different districts of western province. We have carried out awareness campaigns in two different districts. During these campaigns we have mobilized more than 260 people in each district and community had a will to know more about albinos, they wanted to know if they are normal or not, and our staff tried to explain everything. In campaign we experience more and more things on how community in general considers people with albinism because community asks many questions about them, and it is our obligation to explain and convince them in order to change their mindset and behaviors.
Our organization continue to work and fight against this discrimination in rural community and we ensure that by your effort, your advice, and everything you do to promote this project, we know it is not easy but we promise to achieve. IDA Rwanda is very thankful to everyone who gave to our project, shared to his/her friends and family members; we recognize every time your work and we are always in a position of responding to every question related to the project and give more clarification. Behavior change is a continuous activity, continue to give and share. Thank you once again.
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