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Rehabilitation of 100 street kids& support parents

by Les enfants de Dieu
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Rehabilitation of 100 street kids& support parents
Rehabilitation of 100 street kids& support parents
Rehabilitation of 100 street kids& support parents
Rehabilitation of 100 street kids& support parents
Rehabilitation of 100 street kids& support parents
Rehabilitation of 100 street kids& support parents
Rehabilitation of 100 street kids& support parents
Rehabilitation of 100 street kids& support parents
Rehabilitation of 100 street kids& support parents
Group Photo after parents training sessions
Group Photo after parents training sessions

Dear Friends and supporters, I sincerely hope that you, your loved ones are keeping safe and healthy during this challenging time in Rwanda and across the globe.

No words are adequate to express the gratitude that we, the EDD family feel each time we see the impacts of your generosity  in lives of our beneficiaries, that show us how kind-hearted you are. You will always remain one of EDD’s dearest friends. Below are some of EDD activities that have been going on since January up to now.

1. GRADUATION

On 16th January 2020, number of 43 kids who have been in our rehabilitation program since 1st October last year have all graduated as they have successfully completed the rehabilitation program. Partners such as parents of the kids and government officials from different governmental institutions like National Commission for Children (NCC) and National Rehabilitation Service (NRS) as well as local authorities from sector and district level were present for the ceremony. Kids were enthusiastically excited to see themselves having completed the rehab program and going back home with their parent. Upon graduation, We have been able to give them reintegration kits including school materials and uniform and we are very thankful for everyone who contributed for the smooth carrying out of this noteworthy program especially for the successfully reintegration of these kids back into their respective families.

2. NEW CHILDREN RECRUITMENT

In January we also carried out a recruitments of 64 new kids and they came at the center in two groups   where on 20th January 2020 and 27th January 2020 we welcomed 35 kids and 27 kids respectively.

Our social workers went to GIKONDO  transit center which is a collection center where all street children are normally gathered from different parts of the sites, In GIKONDO  transit center our social workers went twice to conduct a screening on the first stage of the recruitment process where they identified the age range (10-17), origin of the kids and location of their parents. The social workers introduced EDD to the new children who would join us later then, on second step of recruitment process, there happened a handover between EDD social workers and GIKONDO transit center, and the selected group of kids were brought to EDD guided by social workers. On their arrival at the center they were welcomed by other children and EDD staff team including Executive Director as he introduced himself with the entire staff team and in return he requested new children to introduce themselves mentioning their ambitions and dream for the future. Upon completion of general introduction, they were shown around the center, highlighting on key areas, then after they were distributed into families where they were well welcomed with warm hugs by family mentors.

In Families, new kids were immediately provided the basic need materials such as clothes, shoes and hygienic materials like soaps toothpaste and toothbrushes, after having done a shower they went for lunch with other children as well as staff team in way of continuing to make them get accustomed to the center and feel more well welcomed and safer than they used to be on street or in detention centers. After having lunch there was a time for various educative games and dances just to help them feel at home and more so relaxed. In the following days of welcoming sessions, we conducted a heath check-up as well as general body screening, we also carried out the assessment for the kids education levels just to know their education background.

Currently, kids have already started the journey of healing sessions and now they have completed the diagnostic session whereby our psychologists and social workers with a number of different approaches they facilitated the kid identify, describe and name the real problem that they have been facing as root causes that pushed them to leave them families and join street life as breakout. We are always thankful for your great supports that help us to actualize our mission of transforming street kids into valuable members of society

3. PARENTS PROGRAM

In context of family empowerment, on 27th February2020 we also carried out parents program whereby parents of the kids in rehab process were invited at the center for sessions like diagnostic where parents were helped to identify and name their own problems as well as signed a therapeutic contract with counsellors and on 13th March 2020, another session of restoring parental attachment was carried out in the way of building relationship between parents and kids.

4. LOCKDOWN

Since 18th March we are have been locked down and only essential staff (nurse, counsellors, social workers, cooks and security guards) are on site. We sent as many kids as possible to their families and provided them with ration kits but we still have been left with 26 children whose parents did not come to collect them (or were not in a position of care for them due to domestic violence, alcoholism etc.)

We have trained children and staff on social distancing and regular hand-washing and installed hand –washing stations throughout the center. We also give the children lemon water every day to build up their immunity. So far luckily all of the children and staff are healthy and safe. We are continuing to provide every necessary effort to make sure that kids and staff keep safe and healthy.

Conclusively, thank you for your great generosity, we at Les Enfants de Dieu(EDD) greatly appreciate your assistance and your sacrifice .It is your support that helps us to further our mission of transforming street kids and their parents into valuable members of the society.

Your support is extremely valuable beyond estimation and we wish you to navigate through this global difficult times with strength, safety and innermost peace .

 

Sincerely ,

Thaddee Nzaramba

Partnerships Coordinator

Les Enfants de Dieu

Parents in training
Parents in training
Children's Life during Lockdown
Children's Life during Lockdown
Washing hands has to be enjoyed
Washing hands has to be enjoyed
Graduated Kids From our Rehabilitation Program
Graduated Kids From our Rehabilitation Program
Welcoming New kids at the center
Welcoming New kids at the center
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Christmas event

 

Thank you for your generous heart that is always open towards our organization Les Enfants de Dieu (EDD), we are thrilled to have your supports over the years. Through your support we have been able to successfully start implementing a pilot phase of the new curriculum model whereby the parents of the kids were invited to the center for a number of psychosocial sessions ranging from emotional wound healing to strengthening resilience and awakening parents’ ambitions as well as building attachment between parents and the kids. We have been able to carry out 5 sessions, and parents were facilitated to attend the sessions as we provided them lunch and a two way transport tickets upon each session. The session were attended at 80% and understood at rate of 86 % as in late middle December2019 a number of 26 children have been successfully joined their families as they went back home with their parents upon completion of last session.

We are happy again to let you know that your effort during Giving Tuesday compaign generated $15,000 including matching funds and we are very grateful and appreciative for donating to us on that day.

 

Psychosocial educational support:

For education support, kids were helped with daily school routine and introduction to basic numeracy and literacy as well as basic computer skills and english kills, music skills such playing instruments like piano and guitars were the knowledge equipped to our kids, and local as well as western dance were also incorporated in basic education package for our kids, they were also taught life skills such leadership and team work.

Upon reintegration, the center will continue to pay school fees and school materials for reintegrated kids, and this area of intervention will continue to grow bigger than before as each 6 months we are required to rehabilitate 100kids each year. Around 265 kids who are already with their families EDD continued to sponsor them as we have not yet found other partners who can work with in education support.

For social support interventions, kids were helped with moral support through our new family structure where they learnt a new value each week as upon the beginning of the week they implemented the learnt value through the planed daily home-affairs such as doing hygiene by moping within the center, washing clothes, preparing and serving food to other kids.

For psychological support, The intervention started by a number of diagnostic approaches as means of identifying the problem that kids were suffering from or in other word reason behind that pushed kid to abandon his family and go to street, and after that, counsellors helped kids with a number of healing through various approaches suitable to each individual depending the case.

Health care intervention, over the last three months we got 6 cases of malaria ,6 cases of teeth disorders,2 cases of tonsils ,2 cases of intestinal parasite ,2cases of skin disorders ,8 cases of influenza and 1 case of physical fracture.

On 18th December 2019, the awaited event which was Christmas and family reunion took place and went well as expected, the entire EDD family namely (kids ,alumni, staff, parents of the kids, board of directors ,donors and other partners such government officials and community leaders as well as headmasters of the school at which our kids study) got together on that day ,the objective of the day was to celebrate to help kids who are still at the center meet their brothers who lived in the center and reintegrated some years ago so that they can inspire them and put life to their hope. We were also celebrating 18years mission of transforming street kids into valuable members of society.

Since the start of December we have been renovating one of our building so as we can make money out of it through renting. The remaining is to finish working on the fence and very soon we shall be receiving tenants.

We are very thankful to all of you who constantly support our mission of transforming street kids into valuable members of society. You truly make the difference for us, and we are extremely greatful. As we have been together over the last years we stay hopeful to stand united and continue the of transforming more lives in this new year of 2020.

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Salvator doing painting

Les Enfants de Dieu (EDD) is greatly thankful to the moment and journey with all people for their an endless love and support in different areas of EDD interventions which made us reach to the great process over the years.

We treasure Globalgiving so much for your support that has endured and multiplied over time your assistance has enabled us reach to 185 donors from around the world plus your bonus, matched funds and grants came from globalgiving itself within 3 years and managed to raise nearly $69000. Honestly almost $ 6000 remaining will be covered soon and start a new happy chapter together as we have been so before.

This 15th report serves to update you for our current operations and explain more about few changes that happened in our current operations where EDD developed a new curriculum model in which we are not only rehabilitating kids but also their parents ,this changes was done in order to serve more street kids within short period of time as well as aligning to new governmental policies which is deinstitutionalization of rehab centers whereby kids must no long live in rehab institution for years. Since 2002, we have been working under former curriculum which was only child focused model where we used to rehabilitate kids for 1 to 3 years.

Therefore this new curriculum will be child and parent focused model and was designed to help both kids and their parents and the community at large. We henceforth decided to incorporate kids and their parents in the new curriculum model and in this way we shall be rehabilitating the kids, parents as well as their relatives as we stay hopeful that the parents will share knowledge acquired from the trainings with other people at home and in the society

We learned that to be able to succeed in children’s rehabilitation will be better to rehabilitate and train parents and community leaders near the family locations. The implementation of  this new curriculum model started on the 1st October 2019 ,in first recruitment phase we recruited 30kids plus 35 kids who was still living at the center and this made us accommodate 65 children..

With our new program we are going to accommodate 50 children who will receive rehabilitation program with 6 months maximum and we are expecting to serve 100kids each year. By experience, few kids may not find their parents within the period and EDD will continue to partner with Government and other people to find solutions.

Rehabilitation is grouped into following activities: recruitment, welcoming and orientation, school introduction, basic needs, psychological support (healing process, build resilience and relationship for kids and parents, health care, and family empowerment and graduation after all that program.

School introduction: EDD inside to EDD, we will only help kids to back into school habit and get used to school environment before the public school. The normal education program will start after reintegration where EDD will work closely with their families to find schools near their families. Around 265 kids who were in school will continue to be sponsored by EDD as usual unless if we find partners in education. Particularly we managed to pay school fees, materials and uniforms for 20 kids reintegrated in August plus the internship charges and materials for 18 youth who are starting internships in this period before they graduate in their vocational trainings school.

The main program of EDD program while kids are in inside to the center is psychological support which start by identifying and naming problem our beneficiary is suffering from, then put him on a number of therapeutic sessions ranging from welcoming, orientation, healing process to building resilience, ambition and relationships with their parents, the same psychological package is provided to parents as well. It has been studied and proven over years that parents of kids whom we are supporting need also psychological and empowerment support as almost 100% of root causes that push kids to join street life are rooted in their  families.so to work effectively we are no long helping kids only but also their parents as well. we are currently started to contact parents for healing sessions and we are expecting 70 parents in this sessions to benefit this program started .

Health care: Health care is very essential and will be priorities as usual. The impressive results over the three months and cheerful to bring great results of 3 cases of malaria and other simple cases mostly flu and cold.  

Reintegration: July up to end September , We reintegrated 20 kids back into their families and thankful also to their parents and kids who accepted to join back and continue the journey together and we appreciate also a nice collaboration of parents and community leaders. Only one boy who was not reintegrated as planed because of big issue found it his families where his family members including their parents and siblings contribute in robberies in their community. He was brought back into our center. Hope to find other alternative solution in future.

Sustainable solutions:

We are always learning the best solutions we can take in order to bring some sustainable solutions, now we managed to ship to USA some fabric made products like school bags, laptop cases, iPods cases, and shopping bags and etc. this is one project started and helping EDD to generating income and women who serve other this project.

Secondly, we are using our land to find solutions of our daily needs where managed to harvest maize and banana fruits use in our daily expenses and consumptions. We hope to continue using the land we have in order to cut down our budget through cash serving from crops harvested.

Arts products made by our alumni stand as other source of income to the center, we sold some of the paintings and handcrafts made by our alumni which game us more energy to do more but we are still strangling to get enough market. This art work benefit the kids and center as we are sharing the profits.

We are still encouraging people to support us here on globalgiving so that we can be able to end a year with great achievement. Before we end a year we will back to you with an ask about education support plus and Christmas and family event which bring together the entire EDD family! You are also most welcome here Kigali for that event which will happen 18th December 2019!

Les Enfants de Dieu takes this opportunity to give our thanks to the families and friends who believe in our work and support us every year through globalgiving! We thank also Globalgiving for your generosity to support us and give technical support online and plan a field visit.

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Kids pose for picture
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kids play
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Music teacher and kid
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Kids meeting

Les Enfants de Dieu (EDD) is thankful to the moment and journey went through this quarter with all people and GlobalGiving itself who made a huge change in progress of the work of recruitment, rehabilitation and reintegration of former street kids while continue to build together the future of former street kids.
This 14th report serves to connect you more to the current operations so that you can still have impact into the life of street kids wherever you are on this globe. The first quarter, we hope you get time to go through our report and saw your incredible contribution in significant work done by EDD.

Starting from recruitment phase, Les Enfants de Dieu recruited20 kids and started the rehabilitation process added to other kids we had and reached 70 kids we host in our accommodation currently. The progress is quite amazing from all challenges street kids went through for instance drugs, robbery, eating garbage, among others. It is very impressive to see the right attitudes and behaviors of our kids in our current moments which make us very proud of the efforts and assistance given by all our dear stakeholders. 

Rehabilitation is grouped into school introduction, education, and psychological support, health care, sustainable business and other basic needs which go to all children helped with the period plus 23 who graduated in rehabilitation process.

School introduction: 35 kids attend their classes’ one and two from within the rehabilitation center. In addition to that, we are happy to inform you that 35 of our kids joined public school for their further education as they still go through rehabilitation process.

In Education we are estimating 245 kids have been sent back to their families after the rehabilitation process however EDD continues to meet their education expenses in terms of scholastic materials and fees. It gives us much pleasure to bring to your notice that we have successfully managed to pay off all their second term school dues of this academic year. However, we are faced with challenge clearing the ongoing the academic term which is soon getting over. We therefore invite you all to extend your financial support towards this shortage.

Psychological support: EDD helped all 70 and 23 kids reintegrated to benefiting the individual and groups’ counseling sessions with other different therapy practices (yoga, sport, games, arts, dance and etc.) carried in order to heal and build their resiliencies before kids go back into their families.

Health care: The impressive results happened on malaria cases where we had only 3 cases of malaria while even 2 cases happened because of new kids came with that. Normal in rain season is period for malaria but the effort made on prevention brought better results. It is our pleasure to thank all of you who donate in health as it is major concern. We cannot pass on without communicating a kid incident happen from kid who fall while he was playing football and get broken injury on his arm but he is filling better after removing bandage.

 teeth screening of our kids at EDD was successfully done and 34 kids out of the total were recommended for urgent  dental  treatment. We have made a partnership with University of Rwanda regarding the same and there are some cost to be incurred. Henceforth we welcome and call upon all forms of contribution through Globalgiving regarding our kids’ health condition and we shall be very grateful for that. 

 

Reintegration: In meddle of April, We reintegrated 20 kids back into their families and we very thankful to their parents and kids who accepted to join back and continue the journey together.

Sustainable solutions:

In this period, EDD started to make different materials made out of fabrics under a project called Vibrant Lives Project where they make school bags, laptop cases, iPod case, shopping bag and others. In partnership with friends of children in Rwanda, we got a small market and sold around 100 bags in month. We are looking forward to expanding our market so that we can produce more and get profit out of it.  4 tailors including one of our alumni worked on this project.

In addition to the above we have a huge inventory of various art pieces and other related handcraft materials made by our kids at EDD using local materials and resources around us. We shall be very grateful if you help us expand our market for their above mentioned products. We are more than willing to sell products to individual buyers’.Kindly let us know if you are interested. Beside of those initiatives started, EDD board of directors worked hard on sustainable strategies which could help EDD explore more in future and we are strangling with funds declining every year. 

Financially: Budget reached to $160000, we received and had promise of near 60% percent which are more discouraging but we still believe and trust in all of you who have been with us over the years.

Les Enfants de Dieu(EDD) takes this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to the families and friends who believe in our work and support us  endlessly every year through GlobalGiving! For the online fundraising platform, technical support and generosity, we extend our huge thanks to GlobalGiving. We are eagerly waiting for you field visit as previously done.

After games
After games
Traditional dance
Traditional dance
Teeth secreening
Teeth secreening
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Afte acrobats practice

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Kids in grous with mentors

Les Enfants de Dieu (EDD) is pleased to again communicate with all of you, our partners ghrought globalgiving in this work of changing the life of street children in Rwanda into valuable members of society. We wish to update you on progress from January to March 2019 in all corners of EDD work. Les Enfants de Dieu (EDD) is always very pleased to have individuals, NGOs, cooperates who trust their work and provide their support throughout the 17 years of operation. thank so much so much globalgiving to be the chanel of all support from alover the workd . We are thankful to the paramount work we have reached together.

This 13th report serves to connect you more to the current operations so that you can still have impact into the life of street kids wherever you are on this globe. In 2018, Les Enfants de Dieu shared the design-thinking workshops conducted to learn ways EDD can continue to make impact in the life of street kids, while also aligning with public policies and changes of the country and world at large. All of those practices confirmed we are still needed to fight the street life for children in Rwanda, while also increasing more activities with parents as key factors of successful reintegration. Within three to six months, EDD will have a new curriculum that articulates these changes. Secondly we decided that we should make strong effort towards social businesses in the future by targeting to become financially independent within 5 years. We saw reliance on donations does not promise future growth, plus there has been disturbance in functionality of the center when the donors discontinue or reach maturity date of the support.

Education:  Les Enfants de Dieu believes in education rehabilitation where education is considered as a key pillar in the future growth of former street kids. For those reasons, EDD is counting a high number of nearly 300 kids and youth in schools (Primary, Secondary, Vocational trainings and University) who are mostly depending on EDD budget. Because of changes made to align to policies, education remains an area of ongoing growth in numbers and budget demands in the near future. To respond to this challenge, Les Enfants de Dieu opened doors for partners where we started to discuss with Government and others on how we may form partnerships to sustain these needs for education. As we have just ended the first term of school, we will be sharing school results in our second newsletter 2019.

Health Affairs Since our last report, we have been so many efforts put in place to insure the safety and health of all children cared by the center. We are thankful that we managed to reduce malaria and reached 63% compared to the cases we had last year. We are counting 7 cases of malaria while we had 44 cases last year. Apart from malaria, our kids have been impacted with other diseases, like skin infections, flu or cold, and eye problems. In February, the center partnered with One Sights Organization to provide eye screening for all the children. It had positive results where 12 kids had small eye problems, requiring only simple medications, and one who had a serious case is now getting advanced treatment from the national eye hospital i. EDD family is heavily communicating a loss of one of our kids,, who passed away on 21 February. It is a sad story that we lost a child who came to us for life change and to become a better person. We were not able to find his family before and after his death. We thank the many people who supported him in different ways as he had special needs. Rest in peace, to our boy.

Psychological Support: This work of helping street kids includes addressing the different forms of hardship that brutalizes the kids and their families in various ways. All the work done by social workers, psychologists and the team generally concentrates on rebuilding hope into the life of kids and their families through formal and informal practices. Even though this is difficult work, we see evidence of hope being restored to kids and their families. We are expecting to work closely with parents and local leaders in the future so that we can be more effective after reintegration, as we have noticed that the parents play a significant role in effectively supporting a child. Some of the issues examined from children we have helped include trauma, panic, fear, stress, behavior problems, anger, disobedience, drug addiction, and bedwetting. These are some of the cases the team deals with daily today and we are proud to see ongoing changes.

Basic Daily Needs: The sheltered children were given clothing, three meals a day and all other material needs. We also thank the people who bring in-kind donations which make a difference. In January, we received support from one donor who helped EDD to be more environmentally-friendly by introducing a gas cooking system instead of using firewood. It is very impressive to see the multiple benefits especially on saving time, hygiene and a healthier environment. It is approximately 30% of the cost which is far less compared to benefits.

Family Visits, Reintegration and Follow up: The team concentrated on family visits where we visited 32 families for family preparation. Early in January we reintegrated 13 kids into their families, which were followed up by education reintegration. As stated before, this year we have a high number of students which takes time and cost to insure that they are all in school in different parts of country. We thank strongly the school and parents who care and update the center on students’ progress.

Our financial year budget is $160,000 in 2019 where education fees and food take 60% of the total budget. EDD expects and has a promise of only 50% so far which appears discouraging. Yet, we have hope and trust in our partners who have supported us for over 17 years. We want to conclude this report by expressing our huge gratitude to all of our donors, friends, partners and globalgiving specifical in this important ongoing work of rehabilitating and reintegrating kids and youngsters back into their families, both socially and economically. We will continue updating you every three months as one way to stay in touch wherever you are in the world. Thank you again for you all the help you have given us, either in cash or in kind. It is all deeply appreciated. Please feel free to contact us at any time you. You are always very welcome and we are always happy to hear from you!

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Some of the guys graduated in hospitality
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Students in class
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After parent workshop
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Eye screening activitiy
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Location: Kigali, Rwanda - Rwanda
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