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Rehabilitation of 100 street kids& support parents

by Les enfants de Dieu
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
Salvator doing painting
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.

Kids pose for picture
Kids pose for picture
kids play
kids play
Music teacher and kid
Music teacher and kid
Kids meeting
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
Afte acrobats practice
Afte acrobats practice

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Kids in grous with mentors
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!

Some of the guys graduated in hospitality
Some of the guys graduated in hospitality
Students in class
Students in class
After parent workshop
After parent workshop
Eye screening activitiy
Eye screening activitiy
pic of event
pic of event

This is 12th report of rehabilitation of 100 former street children project will brief you on the process and progress of our programs in education, health, reintegration, entertainment and sport,  agriculture and so on, including the challenges and successes we have faced in past 3 months. We will give an overview of  year journey as we reach the end of 2018. Firstly, we thank all the people who see our challenges and commit to supporting us themselves or by advocating on our behalf!

This period the support received from GlobalGiving after of all the donors contributed helped dealing with the normal course of rehabilitation and socioeconomic reintegration into families and society but it was learning process too as we looked at the in bigger picture of how best EDD can continue make meaningful changes in the life of street kids, in their community and how to help them build their capacities in the years to come.  EDD studied deeply all the necessary changes and agreed to continue with the usual rehabilitation processes for the children, preparing them for reintegration and following up afterwards. We agreed to include an additional program of psychosocial  support for parents to prepare both child and parent for reintegration which will help make it a successful transition. Within 3 years EDD will open its doors to the local community and make its skills and facilities available for wider learning about how to prevent children leaving home to live on the streets. EDD will also be looking for appropriate and sustainable social business enterprises so that the center can become increasingly financially self-reliant and less dependent on external funding streams.

Children’s government: As usual, this year all the children organized and participated in an election where they voted in a new government of 7 ministers, directors and two technicians in each ministry who will take up their roles in January 2019. The previous government was thanked for their hard work in 2018 and received small acknowledgments for their work. At the same time, we also thanked all the children for their amazing contributions to the daily life of the center.   

 

Education program:

Education is going well even though EDD is facing big challenges due to the high increase of the number of children in education because of the ongoing recruitment and reintegration of more kids every year. It is great to have more children in school but it became a challenge because the funding resources do not grow accordingly.  Despite these challenges we managed to educate 24 young men who graduated from vocation trainings and 6 who finished high school this year. Students who are not yet reintegrated passed with 62% in Primary while reintegrated lads succeeded with 61% in Primary. Reintegrated students who are in high school achieved an average of 57% while the average was 80% for the ones who did vocational trainings.  We continue to be so grateful to all the supporters who have contributed to this heavy financial responsibility. We assure you that we continue to do our best together and support all the children in education as one of the pillars of the development we want to promote in the EDD boys.

EDD increased its provision of other life skills like computer class, traditional dance, acrobatics, guitar, football, volleyball, art classes, sewing class, composting and agriculture. This will equip the boys with skills which open up a greater range of choices after leaving EDD. We would be delighted to partner with anyone who wants to help us improve these areas of learning while we, of course, continue to appreciate our current donors and collaborators in this field.

Health:

EDD is very concerned to assure the good health of the children as a fundamental of successful rehabilitation so all the children who arrive at the center will be assessed in order to know their health status. 2018 was a year where we saw several critical health emergencies:one kid had a heart attack, 2 kids suffered with mental health problems, one boy suffered with poorly managed epilepsy, one had a scrotal hernia, and another had stomach problems while another one is physically handicapped. In addition to these diseases, we had other normal illnesses like 44cases of malaria (just 3 cases in the last quarter which was much less in comparison with previous years after the concerted effort in malaria prevention at the beginning of 2018), ‘flu, parasites, skin problems and other issues. Because it was very expensive to get treatment for these health problems, it cost us 5 times more than the allocated budget.  EDD helps children to understand disease prevention on a daily basis through good housekeeping and personal hygiene activities, and of course we bought and used all the necessary products for disease prevention. Regarding the cases of serious illness, we are delighted to inform you that all these boys are now doing very well after our significant investment of time, doctors, staff involvement, expertise, and financial outlay.

Psychological support: EDD’s focus within this quarter was on treating the children who joined the centre with different psychological issues. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported us in this field as it is a sensitive area. Apart from our permanent psychologist, we appreciated the assistance of volunteers and others who contributed to this work. We acknowledge the partnership with the Global Recovery Institute team who helped EDD to extend to the program to the parents as the best way to really help a child is for EDD to also work closely with the parents both before and after receiving their children back in their families. Next year EDD expects to prepare rehabilitation for each child and his parents as they are the main people who can help a children to have a better life in the family after reintegration

Basic needs of daily living: As usual EDD helped kids to get new sets of clothes and shoes 3 times a year, 100 new mattresses were gifted to the centre which helped kids to sleep better, three meals a day were cooked and other domestic requirements were provided. Many people contributed to these things in different ways and we give our thanks for all the people who supported in this particular area.

Family visits and reintegration and follow up: Les Enfants de Dieu recruited 76 kids, did 124 family visits in different areas of the country and reintegrated 73 youngsters back into their families between January to December 2018. This all went well with the hard work and the contribution of all the kids, staff and parents involved.  We have been held back in this work several times in the year as the EDD car was in the garage for nearly two months in total. We continue to hope for a solution to this ongoing obstacle and meanwhile we do our best to continue the work as effectively as we can.

 After reintegration, EDD helps the reintegrated kids to continue their studies till they finish their  high school and/or vocational training studies, and after that we use the EDD network to try to connect them to job opportunities and internships which can lead them to job opportunities afterwards. 24 kids who finished vocational trainings got internships and expect to get jobs in due course. EDD organized a training workshop for Alumni who have finished their studies to help them with  job seeking and guidance on how to start their own business. This year we hosted three trainings: the first one was of interest to the Alumni network in relation to creating a cooperative business which could benefit several former EDD kids. This was provided by the Market Project who have promised to collaborate with EDD in any business plan which could employ our beneficiaries. Secondly EDD hosted a training provided by Business Development Funds (BDF), which informed our Alumni about the different ways in which young people can be eligible for a loan from BDF to help them start up a business. The last workshop was a painting and decorating training provided by Angels Paintersfrom the UK which equipped 12 of our Alumni with marketable skills. All those trainings came to help the Alumni to build more capacity and skills for business and making a living.

We are glad that Alumni Core Group developed the initiative called JUMPSTART through which the Alumni are able to help each other to support themselves. The Core Group has 20 places and each member of the Core Group commits to serving the needs and interests of all Alumni, who are almost 550 in number at this stage. We are looking forward to seeing the progress  EDD, Jumpstart and all our Partners  will be making in the coming year!

Christmas and family reunion event

The 20th December 2018 was a great day where we hosted a big event of around 500 people including the Alumni, the parents of children, the EDD kids, friends, volunteers and staff with a purpose of celebrating the year achievements, celebrating Christmas and rejoicing together as a big family. We took that opportunity to meet all the Alumni who were supported by EDD, to see where they all are and advise on the best ways to continue together as family in future. During that event, EDD gave awards to three Alumni who succeeded in different areas: one was the Best Entrepreneur of the Year who started his business and gave job opportunities to other EDD guys, another is a successfully reintegrated young man who found effective solutions for his difficulties despite living in hardship and the third who has accepted the difficulties he faced in the past and who has built a successful life for himself and his family while continuing to help and advocate for EDD and his Alumni ‘brothers’ and the EDD kids. There was one award in each category and we will do the same again next year.  

Summary of three guys’ stories and why they were selected for awards in 2018:

Sibomana Emanuel: is boy who joined the center in 2008, was reintegrated in 2015 and joined vocational training for hair dressing in the same year. In 2016 he got an internship in a hair salon and did well so that the owner of the salon employed him as person who showed potential and good discipline at work. Within only one year he managed to save money to open his own salon which he opened in 2017. Since then he has been able to employ his mates as well as offer internship opportunities to EDD Alumni. EDD awarded Emmanuel for helping his mates and using the skills he was given to start a business. He was a selected out of many others but he is a good example of what EDD guys can achieve.

Willy Mutabazi: He joined the center in 2006 and was reintegrated in his family in 2012 while he was still in school. He was a creative guy who did different things to develop himself. EDD awarded him as an Alumni who is so proud of his past story and freely shares his testimony with others, and so helps to build a strong awareness for the center and his mates. EDD awarded him for being a good ambassador  for center and for all his peers whenever he goes. Not all former street kids are as open about the hard lives they have had, feeling ashamed of the past rather than proud of what they have achieved.

Rukundo Jean Claude: Rukundo joined the center in 2007 from the street; he stayed at the center for a long time because he only had his mum and she was living in a very precarious situation. In 2016 he decided that he wanted to be reintegrated back to his mum. The staff who took him back to his family were challenged by the situation they were in and called EDD thinking to bring Rukundo back to the center again. However, when they told him their decision, Rukundo refused and told them that he would find the solution for the family situation. He advocated for his family and with the support of a community work program he was able to build their house. But they only did half the agreed work and the house was too small for his mother and her other 3 children plus Rukundo. He started to build the next day and managed to finish his mum’s house and also extended it so now it can house all the family. EDD awarded him for being a solution for his family’s problems and accepting to live in such a situation even though he was given an easier alternative.   

Our sustainability projects:

Les Enfants de Dieu is aiming to develop sustainable financial solutions for fundraising. Over the past years the center has relied on donations and has experienced different challenges related to funding cuts and different international crises. Also it can be hard because some funding comes with restrictions where the funders’ conditions do not align with EDD priorities and objectives. That’s why EDD is learning many processes which can help the center to open up a social enterprise business strands which will help EDD to self sustain up to 50% within 3 years. EDD has so far been able to raise 7% of the budget from art and agricultural products, proving that it is possible. Whatsmore these explorations provide excellent opportunities for learning skills and overcoming challenges experienced.  If anyone has any good ideas for such income generating schemes, please do share them with us in this ongoing process. You can see some of the art produced and pictures of the farm.

 EDD project is listed on GlobalGiving, where we ran an end of year campaign from 27th November to 31st December 2018. We take this opportunity to thank all the people who contributed in that campaign which enabled us to raise all needed money for Christmas event, for converting the firewood kitchen over to gas and nearly US$1000 towards the 2019 education budget. Thank you once again and we will do even more in 2019 to impact the lives of kids who have decided to leave street life.

To any and all of you who want to assist in 2019, we really need your support for education and for providing meals for the kids as these are the highest expenditures accounting for nearly 60% of the total budget. Other areas which also require funding include sport, health care, family empowerment, family visits, administration expenses and in 2019 the budget for these is nearly US$16500.

We want to conclude this report by expressing our huge gratitude to all of our donors, friends and partners 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 on the world. Thank you again for GlobalGiving to be a main connection to stay in touch.

You are always very welcome to live a feedback down so that we can see your advise and help in our future plans!

Dance group
Dance group
dance team
dance team
Library activity
Library activity
A day of fighting drugs in community
A day of fighting drugs in community

 We will brief you on the process and progress of our programmes in education, health, reintegration, agriculture, etc, including the challenges and successes we have seen in past 3 months. Firstly, we thank all the people who see our challenges and commit to supporting us or advocating on our behalf in this period!

As you know from our last report, EDD has committed to make changes and develop our way of contributing to lives of street kids and their families as we continue to develop our understanding of how best we can serve street kids in the most effective ways. An extensive period of brainstorming workshops and joint reflection has concluded that we should continue helping street kids as we do and also add some important new components. We agreed to provide psychosocial support to families of children who come from the street and to provide support at the community level, in order to empower young people and youth and therefore help prevent children going onto the street. The third focus will be to work on self-funding training and social enterprise projects to support the future sustainability of EDD. We are building a three years strategic plan which will guide us into this important phase of our development.  Over the next 3 years, we are going to improve and bring new energy to more effective rehabilitation where we will be considering both the children and their parents together. Other changes will be integrated according to the funding opportunities we have.  

 

Kids participating in the community: EDD has continued to encourage the youngsters to join in community service activities, and especially Umuganda (the nationwide monthly community collaboration at village level) and other services requiring community participation.  Being able to serve people who are in need, and being appreciated, gives our children a great deal of joy and satisfaction. At the end of September, EDD hosted a meeting with Ururembo Umudugugu leaders (our Village leaders) who appreciated the contribution of EDD children to Umuganda and special community services activities where they have played a significant role.

Education programme: Education is considered a pillar of the sustainable development of our children and youth. Students completed their second term in July and enjoyed 2 weeks holiday before resuming school in middle of August for the last term of the year. We are so grateful to be able to share the commitment and hard work of EDD students where a high percentage of them succeed at different levels even though they face different challenges in their studies. Students in primary level education currently accommodated at the centre succeeded with an average of 62% while reintegrated primary level students succeeded with an average attainment of 61%. Students in secondary or high school succeeded with an average of 57% and students who are in vocational training education attained 58%. The success levels are very encouraging as nearly to 90% of EDD boys are eligible to pass to the next level of their studies. While many students did well, we also experienced challenges where some children encountered difficulties in studying due to the circumstances they face in their family environment after reintegration. We are currently schooling 300 students at all levels of education (209 in Primary, 56 in Secondary, 24 in Vocational training and 11 at university). EDD paid for the school fees, school materials and transport for the youngsters from families who cannot afford them but only the registration fees for university students.

We are going to be extending our education provision to include further programmes like computer lab classes, a smart class providing digital learning, sewing classes for mature boys, more intensive use of the library to help develop a reading culture at EDD, guitar tuition, language classes,etc. This will equip the boys with different skills so that they have more choices open to them after leaving EDD. We would be delighted to partner with anyone who wants to help us improve these areas of learning while we, of course, continue to appreciate our current donors and collaborators in this field.

Health:

Good health is one of the major preoccupations of the life of the centre. We help all the children to understand disease prevention on a daily basis through good physical and environmental hygiene, and of course we buy and use all the necessary materials for disease prevention. After the concerted effort in malaria prevention reported in the last newsletter, we were able to further reduce malaria from 14 cases in last quarter to one case only within this 3rd quarter.

Also we reported three cases of serious illnesses: one a heart problem, another epilepsy and a third with significant trauma-induced mental health issues. We are delighted to inform you that all these boys are now doing very well after our significant investment of time, staff involvement and expertise, and financial outlay. EDD did awareness campaign in community July 2018 in older to fight the drugs in community and children were very excited to be part of that campaign.

Psychological support: EDD’s focus within this quarter was on treating the children who joined the centre with different psychological issues. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported us in this field as it is a sensitive area. Apart from our permanent psychologist, we appreciated the assistance of two local Rwandan volunteers and others who contributed to this work. We acknowledge the workshop provided by the Global Recovery Institute team for nearly 50 parents of children on the theme of domestic violence and their training for staff and ministers (our childrens’ representatives) on self-care and anger management which helped to re-energise the team for their hard ongoing day to day work.

Basic needs of daily living: As usual EDD helped kids to get new clothes, 100 new mattresses were gifted to the centre, three meals a day were cooked and other domestic requirements were provided. Many people contributed to these things in different ways and we give our thanks for that special Layla and Anaiya who donated 100 mattresses and 104 jackets from IYF( International Youth Foundation)  

Family visits and reintegration and follow up: Les Enfants de Dieu recruited 26 kids, did 25 family visits in different areas of the country and reintegrated 13 youngsters back into their families in August 2018. This all went well with the hard work and the contribution of all the kids, staff and parents involved.  We have been held back in this work since the beginning of September because the EDD car is not in good condition and time has been lost waiting for it to be repaired and to get this year’s permit to get it back on the road. We continue to hope for a solution to this ongoing obstacle and meanwhile we do our best to continue the work as we are approaching the end of year when we usually do a large number of reintegrations.

After reintegration, EDD helps the Alumni who have finished their studies with job seeking and guidance in how to start their own business. In this quarter we hosted three trainings: the first one was of interest to the Alumni network in relation to creating a cooperative business which could benefit several former EDD kids. This was provided by the Market Project who have promised to collaborate with EDD in any business plan which could employ our beneficiaries. Secondly EDD hosted a training provided by Business Development Funds (BDF), which informed our Alumni about the different ways in which young people can be eligible for a loan from BDF to help them start up a business. The last workshop was a painting and decorating training provided by Angels Paintersfrom the UK which equipped 12 of our Alumni with marketable skills.

Talents - sport, games, culture, arts and dance activities:  

The extra-curricular and sports activities offered at EDD,  including basketball, football, arts and handicrafts, traditional dance, break dancing, etc, all help to develop the children’s skills and  talents while also contributing to their mindset, building their strengths and life skills (discipline, co-ordination, team working, imagination etc) before they go back into their families. Each skill or activity has its own benefit in the lives of the children and we thank all the different supporters who have put time and energy into making these programmes go so well. It is amazing to see how skillful the kids are as well as a pleasure to see how much they enjoy these activities! In this period Pervez and Kate managed to come to Kigali and teach and perform  live break dance with the EDD boys which was great fun for everyone!

 

One boy’s story:

Here is the story of one of our boys, transcribed from his own words:  I am Simeon, Artist and soon to be a student at the National University of Rwanda from October 2018. I was born in 1997, and I am not sure when my mum passed way but I was told it was when I was one year old.  Our father remarried immediately and we were left alone as 6 brothers and sisters. Life was very hard and I started to experience street life when I was very young near to our home. After some time I came to Kigali but I have no idea exactly when that was.  I think that I left the street around 2005 and joined a family in Kigali who gave me a job as a house boy even though I was so young. They didn’t pay me but at least they gave me food and somewhere to live. After some time,  I again rejoined life on the street at Gisimenti (Kigali) where a centre called Hope for Future recruited us and took us in and I started school again. I was mature and joined Primary 5 even though I didn’t study P4.  In 2011 the centre was not able to continue and so I was brought into Les Enfants de Dieu by Government leaders, where I continued in Primary 6. It was good to have a place which supported me but sometimes I considered running away because other children were calling me and advising me to go back to our closed centre. Because of being unstable I failed the National Exam and joined twelve years basic education. After that I started to work hard and started to get great results. EDD educators helped to find a boarding school when I was in Secondary S3 and I succeeded the National Exam in that year. After that high school upper level S4 went well and I studied geography, history and economics.  I did well and the school noticed my hard work and I became eligible to be sponsored by the First Lady’s Foundation (Imbuto Foundation). Whatsmore, with the further support of EDD, I was reintegrated in 2015 into my sister’s family.  After being reintegrated, EDD started offering Art classes in 2015 and called me to join the art programme specifically in the school holidays. I learned fast and started to make money out of my arts and became able to meet my own additional needs.

Art is my hobby and I also do it as a source of income. I plan to do art for the rest of my life in addition to the other studies I will be doing in university. I thank les Enfants de Dieu so much and I am planning to find ways of repaying the Centre for what they have done for me and passing on my skills to other children at Les Enfants de Dieu.

Our sustainability projects:

Previously we have had agriculture and arts as our sources of self-generated income,  reaching 7% of our general annual budget. EDD is now planning to seriously develop this area of activity. There are many things that we can do to take this to the next level in the future, and our goal is to be able to raise 50% from our own activities within three years. Please do share any ideas that you may have to help us to reach this self-sustainability target.

As the EDD project is listed on Global Giving, we thank specifically to all the people who supported in this period as recurring donations or one time donations and much appreciated.

We want to conclude this newsletter by expressing our huge gratitude to all of our donors, friends and partners in this important ongoing work of rehabilitating and reintegrating kids and youngsters back into their families, both socially and economically. From now onwards, we will continue updating you every three months as one way to stay in touch wherever you are on the world. Thank you again for your all the help you have given us, be it material or in kind -  it is all deeply appreciated. And please feel free to live a comment on our report so that we can continue to learn from all of you – you are always very welcome and we are always happy to hear from you!

Parents training on domestic violence
Parents training on domestic violence
Staff and Ministers training on self care
Staff and Ministers training on self care
Alumnis workshop on business
Alumnis workshop on business
Kids with school results
Kids with school results
Kids do some performences
Kids do some performences
 

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Les enfants de Dieu

Location: Kigali, Rwanda - Rwanda
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Charles Hazabintwali
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