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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
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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
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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!

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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
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Alumnis workshop on business
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Kids with school results
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Les Enfants de Dieu (EDD) is really happy to share our 10th report on our progress fom all the support received with this last three months period. The work was hard specialwith the remitted support in this year but we are able to carry out the priorities and hope to be able to funds for the rest of the activities.

 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 live the comments and feedback down to our our first newsletter – we learned a lot from all your advice and appreciated your encouraging words!

As you know, EDD maximises the participation of children in all areas of the work though the Ministry system, so that the children are involved fully in all activities. This gives them a great understanding of their responsibilities in the general life of the center and includes them fully in the ongoing process of evolution of EDD. From 9th to 11th June, Les Enfants de Dieu took part in a three day workshop which involved sitting with all the stakeholders to learn from each other about how best we can overcome the challenges we are meeting these days (school dropout for reintegrated boys and parental irresponsibility, etc.). We worked together to try to see how EDD can continue to have a positive impact on the lives of street children. In 2016, we devised a new Strategic Plan and now we are seeing ways in which we can amend it to continue to achieve the fruitful results we expect to deliver. After 16 years of growing and developing, EDD now faces external factors like governmental policies and funding conditions which challenge us to engage in a process of change in a healthy and forward looking way. We are still in the midst of this process and working to fine tune the future solutions, but basically it will mean giving greater consideration to parents and families (where the roots of the difficulties lie) and also offering a range of practical life skills workshops and trainings to our working age Alumni. We will continue with the process of rehabilitation and reintegration of former street children as well.  We will share more details about this next time, as for now we are in the midst of this development! For now, here are some of the pictures from that workshop:

 

 

Kids participating in the community: EDD has started to encourage kids to join in community activities, and especially Umuganda (the nationwide monthly community collaboration at village level). This is where kids learn how to play a part in improving the lives of others and of the community as a whole.  Here you can see some of the boys helping others to build a new home for a local family in need:

Education program: children started this quarter with the school holidays for three weeks where they rested, did their revision and joined in the village level events arranged for Genocide Commemoration Week. We believe that it is very important for EDD to help children know about the orientation and history of their country. All EDD students started school on time and we are pleased to report that we were able to pay for all the necessary materials beforehand. Right now we are supporting more students in school ever than before and we congratulate the EDD families, friends and supporters for making it possible to school 284 students at all levels of education (193 in Primary, 56 in Secondary, 24 at Vocational training and 11 at university). EDD paid for the school fees, school materials and transport for the kids from the families who cannot afford them but only the registration fees for university students. We thank all people who donate in little by little campaign and other individuals who donated in different time.

Smart Class: With the great support of Hicommands PVT Limited, Les Enfants de Dieu started a new way of teaching kids at the centre using a digital system! Many thanks to the Hicommands team for donating this resource to the EDD education programme!

 

Health:

Good health is one of the major preoccupations in the life of the center. We help all the children to understand disease prevention on a daily basis through good bodily and environmental hygiene and cleanliness, and of course we buy and use all the necessary materials for disease prevention. Malaria is the most common disease affecting many kids, and so we are really happy that in partnership with one volunteer and a member of the board, we now have 150 new mosquito nets and 3 mosquito killing machines which are playing a significant role in reducing the infection rates - malaria cases went down by almost 30% in this three month period compared to last term. What’s more, the prevalence is usually higher at this time of year because it has been the rainy season!  We have been dealing with three major health issues – one youngster has a serious heart problem, another suffers from epilepsy and a third has significant mental health issues - which have required a lot of involvement from many members of the staff team. One of these boys is still in hospital. The small or big contribution of different people make these help happen.  

 

Dental treatment: Les Enfants de Dieu, in partnership with The University of Rwanda’s School of Dentistry, did a dental check-up for all 105 children. The 64 kids who had problems with their teeth were all treated within a month! We extend our special thanks to the School of Dentistry for what they did this year, and for their commitment to do the same every year!

Basic needs of daily living: EDD helped kids to get new clothes and new bedclothes as well as the usual three meals a day and other domestic requirements. Many people contributed to these things in different ways and we give our thanks for that.Here you can see a lovely social day and meal with some of our visitors who spent time really getting to know the kids and interacting with them – a pleasure to share the EDD way of life with them for a couple of days!

Family visit and reintegration: Les Enfants de Dieu recruited 16 kids, did 24 family visits in different areas of country and reintegrated 15 youngsters back into their families in end of 2018. This all went well thanks to the hard work and contribution of all the kids, staff and parents involved. There were some challenges on the way, for example the car breaking down several times, creating delays for the work. We continue to hope we will find sponsorship for new vehicle to replace the old one.

With this process of reintegration, we have encountered some hinderances, including being unable to reconnect 3 kids with their families as they came from other countries (EDD is not allowed to do reintegration abroad). In the hope of finding a solution, we are partnering with the Government and ICRC/CICR (International Committee of the Red Cross) to see if we can find a way for them to return safely home to their countries and communities. We have a further 10 kids for whom we have no information about their families and who therefore will stay at the center for longer than usual, until either we can find a foster family for them or else they finish their studies and can be reintegrated to live independently. These issues are not new but as we have had to change our way of working now that the youngsters can only stay at EDD for a shorter period, these are now exceptional cases and we are looking at how to find the best solutions for these children in long run.    

 

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

All these extra-curricular activities are helping as usual to change the mindsets of the kids and build 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 programs 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!

One boy’s story:

Here is the story of one of our boys, transcribed from his own words: 

I am Dan and I am 19years old. I didn’t know my mum as she passed away when I was 3 years old.  I grew up with my father and step mother who mistreated me badly until I decided to leave. My father was very irresponsible, and he and his wife often beat me. I went onto the street in 2005 and life became even harder than before. However, I had some street mates there and we were able to have some fun sometimes too. In 2008 EDD came to see us on the street and advised us to choose to join them and change our lives! I took the decision to leave street life and join EDD! In the beginning it was very hard and I was thinking of going back to the street again but with the advice of my educators, I decided to stay and learn a lot in the time I had at the center.  Meanwhile my father passed away as all of them had HIV/AIDS and so I did not have anywhere to be reintegrated. Later, in 2015, I joined a vocation training school in kitchen management skills and I graduated after one year. I did an internship at La Palisse hotel and they offered me a job after my internship period! I am doing well and I have now reached the level of being sought after by different hotels because of my skills and experience in baking and kitchen arts. I am paid well and see that I have a bright future. I thank Les Enfants de Dieu and everyone who invested time, energy and love in helping me to build my life.

 

Our sustainability projects:

EDD has an established Agriculture program, utilizing the various properties EDD already had and others provided by Board members to develop and see how we can generate income from our own work. During this three month period, we harvested 600kg of bananas which is equivalent to 150000 Rwf and we have started to eat the beans and maize from our own plantations. Within three months we have consumed vegetables equivalent to 2000 Rwf/day from our own farm. We expect to reach the point where at least 30% of our nutritional costs can be met from our own work in these sustainable areas of activity.

 

Art gallery:

Some time ago, Les Enfants de Dieu initiated a program of teaching art and painting to the children and helping them to sell their handiwork. Of the money raised, 60% contributes to EDD’s costs and 40% goes to the young artist to help motivate them to continue to develop their skills. This program brought in 250 USD within these three months and we are actively exploring other market outlets for the art work they are producing (Charles and Simeon were even interviewed on Rwandan TV as you can see in the photo!) With a help of Julie, a friend of EDD in the UK, we initiated a new way of selling images of the paintings through a business which allows people to print the image they choose on items such as cups, clothes, phone and computer covers etc. We are hope this new outlet will bring results for the young artists and for the centre.

As stated in the last report, we thank all of you who donate though the little by Little campaign: we raised around one thousand two hundred USD ($1200) within a week! But doesn’t worry, if you missed it this time, you still have the chance to donate again!

We want to conclude this 10th 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. From now onwards, we will continue updating you every time on our progress as one way to stay in touch wherever you are on the world. Thank you again for your all the help in the past- it is all deeply appreciated. And please feel free to give a feedback on for our work and report – you are always very welcome and we are always happy to hear from you!

Ministers, a volunter and Charles
Ministers, a volunter and Charles
Kids fixing Canal + Antenal
Kids fixing Canal + Antenal
Dantal screening for the boys
Dantal screening for the boys
Lunch of the boys !
Lunch of the boys !
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EDD work process
EDD work process

This is our ninth report , As you know, Les Enfants de Dieu (EDD) is a Non-Governmental Organization working in Rwanda. It is a centre which was started in 2002 with the mission of helping street kids.  we value more the support of visitors, partners and donors who have supported us with great generosity over many years, providing us with financial support or coming to visit us and spending time working with the boys. In all of these different ways, your initiatives have brought positive impacts and innumerable benefits to our boys.

The children also deeply appreciate all the different forms of help they receive, and the kindness of the friends and the strangers who support the centre makes a significant difference to their lives. This way, therefore is our news channel for their voices too, and is intended to update you about our activities and also to remind you how much we appreciate the love and consideration you show our boys.

Ministry team’s participation,

DD Ministers who are voted in every year by the boys themselves and the staff. There are 7 Ministers, each of whom has one Director General and two Technicians to back them in the work of each Ministry.  Each of the elected ministers and their teams carry responsibility for a particular area of work, together with the staff link person  with whom they collaborate. This Ministry system is a marvelous way to teach the boys about child participation, as well as giving them the opportunity to learn leadership skills. It also assures transparency in all the work we are doing at the Centre. At the beginning of this year, in January 2018, the children’s government was in place and ready to assume their roles, following the elections at the end of 2017. This Ministry system aims to improve the capacity of the boys to be involved in all the activities of the centre, from daily up keep to external events. All initiatives have to be approved by everyone in the relevant Ministry, and their signatures are needed to authorize the activity. In this way, all the Ministry teams have played a significant role in the daily management of the program, and without their involvement the ongoing work would have been almost impossible.  We would therefore like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution made by all the Ministry teams in this first quarterly of 2018.

Education:

Education is one of the biggest programmes and is a main pillar of Les Enfants de Dieu services to the former street kids, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is remarkable that 100% of these children and young men attend school even though they are often significantly older than their classmates, as a consequence of the years spent on the streets or in families who were unable to send them to school. Here at EDD we enable them to overcome these obstacles, so that they can regain their access to education, achieve their full potential and participate fully in the future generation. At this point in time we are supporting more children in education than ever before, and we congratulate all our EDD families, friends and supporters on schooling 284 students at all levels of education (193 in Primary, 56 in Secondary, 24 in Vocational training and 11 at university). EDD has paid school fees, provided school materials and paid for transport for kids from families who cannot afford these educational overheads, but we are only able to pay the registration fees for university students. At the EDD centre, new and young children access Primary 1 & 2 level education and the list incluide children who are in our rehabilitation programs.

  

Sport, games, culture, arts and dance activities  

All these extra-curricular activities are powerful tools in changing the kids’ manners and habits from ‘street style’ to socially acceptable, and in helping them to reorient themselves from hopeless to hopeful, from selfish to team working, from careless to creative. All of these values they acquire and more besides, help them to fit back into their families and society. So thank you again to all those people who support in this sometimes invisible but very meaningful areas of our work!   

This year we have received many very young kids, who cannot spend as long at the centre as previously was the case, but it is still amazing to see how quickly they are able to acquire skills before we reintegrate them back into their families. Furthermore, many of the kids keep coming back to the centre after their reintegration to continue their sports and cultural training!

Health and wellbeing

Les Enfants de Dieu hosted 102 kids at the centre in this first quarter of 2018.  We undertook to establish the health status of all the children, so all were tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.  One child had contracted HIV from a parent but otherwise we were delighted to find no other cases, as we are well aware that the children are vulnerable while living on the streets. Other common problems which appeared over this period were malaria, parasites, skin infections and some low level conditions which were all well managed and treated.

Since end of January, Les Enfants de Dieu has recruited about 6 boys from the streets in addition to the 111 kids we had in the beginning of January. those months we recruited a less number of new kids as we did a big recruitment early in January . After recruitment Social workers, the Counselor, teachers and the rest of the team started a rehabilitation process which focused on orientation, trainings, emotional healing and gathering all the necessary information for identification and family tracing. After this we begin the process of family visits, and in this quarter we have made 31 visits around the country. EDD also provided all the children with their basic needs, including three meals a day, clothes, shoes, and hygiene products to give them a comfortable and secure life during their time with us.

Reintegration

Early in April we reintegrated 14 kids back into their families but after we are going to progress more by visiting the families and settled back in school near the families.

One boy’s story

Here is the story of one of our boys, transcribed from his own words: 

I am Jack and I am 17years old. Before my mum passed away she was a hard working woman, and when I was young I lived with her and my father. My father was extremely abusive and battered my mother frequently until she fled the country with me and my young brother for fear of being killed. We went to Uganda, and while we were there my father sold all the property we had in Rwanda and followed us to Uganda. He came to live near our new house which our mother had bought from a small business she was doing. One night my father came into our house and killed my mother, so that in the morning we found our mother on the ground but we were too young to know what had happened – we thought she was sleeping. Neighbours called her after seeing a man they didn’t know as she had told them about the husband she had run away from. After that it was a long story – our father was jailed in Uganda and we were brought back to Rwanda by mum’s family who forced their way into the house to find she was dead. However they mistreated us badly because our father had killed their daughter so we were sent to live with our grandmother, our father’s mother! Then our father escaped from jail in Uganda and joined us in Rwanda! I was so afraid of him that I ran way to Kigali, and found myself living on the street and trying to find food in dustbins and anywhere else!

By luck I was told about EDD and so I went to National Commission for Children to ask for help and to be sent to Les Enfants de Dieu. Here I am in a safe place where my father will not find me and where he can’t hurt me.

I started school again and have reached Primary 4. I am happy to be able to study and also with the help of the counselor, I no longer feel the need to seek revenge and kill my father as I used to plan to do.  I am grown up and mature now, and I am no longer afraid of him! I thank Les Enfants de Dieu so much and everyone who has helped me here.”

Our sustainability projects:

Agriculture is one of the sustainable programmers EDD started at the end of 2016 and we have harvested about 1220 kilograms of beans, 250 kilos of bananas and other more vegetables to supplement the diet of Les Enfants de Dieu children before we supply local markets. We are expecting to produce food to cover up to 30% of our nutritional costs this year, and even more in future. In addition, we have another agricultural activity which we anticipate will be a source of income in the future for EDD, and which will help to reduce the high costs we are incurring today. This means that in the short term we hope to become self reliant in the production of food for the boys, and in the long term we may be able to generate income from surplus production. We are confident and excited about this prospect! One nice example of this is the banana plantation we now have, which we hope will reduce our expenses by at least 30%  in the years to come.

Art gallery

Les Enfants de Dieu initiated a program of teaching the boys art and painting, and afterwards selling their handiwork: out of the money raised, 60% contributes to les Enfants de Dieu’s costs and 40% goes to the young artist to help motivate the child to continue to develop his skills. This programs has been going well and has proved to be a nice source of the revenue for EDD and for the child. Yet again these are great skills which more and more kids are able to take back into their family. Within three months alone EDD made almost 500USD from the sale of these paintings, and that with only limited marketing. We hope to develop this area of activity with more publicity and outreach initiatives in the months to come. One artist, Simon, said “I wasn’t sure about my potential in arts!” Look below at the caliber of work being produced by the EDD artists!

We want to conclude this our report by expressing our huge gratitude to our donors, partners and friends for all the valuable contributions you have made to us as EDD. We still have a long way to go, as we still see many children ending up living on the streets, even if they are usually hidden from daily public view. The numbers keep coming, and of course we know that each one represents a vulnerable and traumatized child and, often behind them, there is a family in crisis.   It is in that spirit that we hope that you will continue to work together with us in transforming the lives of street boys, as you have done before.  We never forget your help even when your collaboration was many years ago – you are always part of the EDD family and are welcome whenever you want to visit or be in touch. 

Kids with school results
Kids with school results
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Acrobats practice
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Umuganda
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Kids in Chrsitmas event

8th report of Les Enfants de Dieu for all the actions in these last three months were very impressive and busy with full of commitment of achieving the great work before the end of year and plan for the new of 2018! Our main work was focused on the rescued street kids, providing the basic needs for kids, preparing families, reintegrating children in their families, and organizing the big family reunion which hosted about 450 people.  In addition to these activities, we also rescued other street kids and planned for school time of 2018. Additionally, we had election of new government (For EDD ministry system).  It is not possible to achieve all of these great successes without putting the hands together with individuals around the world and global giving! It is not the end-- it’s time to go farther together!!

Les Enfants de Dieu managed to rescue 34 children from the street where 8th December we recruited 12 kids from the street.  By 18th December before the center had a big family reunion and Christmas event, we recruited 22 other kids while preparing the family reunion and rejoicing together with newcomers! 

EDUCATION:   Les Enfants de Dieu is very pleased about the great success of national school results for the center students who were in primary 6 and senior 3 who completed national exams, ending the academic year in mentioned levels! There are four levels and the best performances come in first and second categories. In senior 3, 4 came in the first two categories and of the P6 students, half came in the first & second categories.  The ones who did not pass joined nine or twelve basic school or vocational trainings schools. We have 221 total children in different levels of schools, including the one we highlighted who are performing well in general in their schools and this was a major area of your support

HOME AFFAIRS AND WELLBEING of the boys:  EDD supplied clothing, shoes, hygienic products, three meals a day, health care and other home needs for 110 children which happened because of the contribution of all of you.

STORY: With all your contribution you made towards health care, Les Enfants de Dieu had a boy called Sunday who had a closing eye.  This made him feel neglected in his family.  He joined the center the beginning of 2017 and for the first visit we made in Sunday's family, we were so surprised to see he was the only child in a family of 5 siblings who did not join a school.  We decided to help him to correct his eye problem and reintegrate him with a nice-looking eye.  After his eye problem was corrected, he visited his family and his whole family was surprised and told others from the extended family with the same problem. Sunday is a happy boy and ready to join a vocational training school in this week as he has is 18 years old.

MINISTRY SYSTEM (children's government):  For 12 years, Les Enfants de Dieu chose this unique model of giving the right to beneficiaries to participate in daily management of the project by equipping the children with leadership skills and participating in finding the solutions of their problems and together planning the transparent model for the life of the organization.  EDD’s former children’s government organized the election for the government of 2018.  Now EDD is governed by a new government!!

REINTEGRATION:  As usual, Les Enfants de Dieu had a large number of children at the end of the year who have returned to their families after a long journey of preparing families and children to reunify again.  Specifically we have a high number of 40 children who reintegrated in their families within a month and half.  It is a success of one step, but it is an increase in the work of the center in the future by providing follow-up and payment for their education until they finish their high school or vocational training school. We are optimistic that together we can!!  Additionally to that, we plan a big family reunion and Christmas event where all reintegrated kids, youth and men with current children, educators and visitors come together to meet as a family and celebrate the year’s achievement.  This year approximately 450 people ecame together!

trational dance group
trational dance group
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Guitar class
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Les enfants de Dieu

Location: Kigali, Rwanda - Rwanda
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Charles Hazabintwali
Kigali, Est Africa Rwanda
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