Nyamagabe Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.

Activities

38 savings groups were formed or strengthened through World Vision Rwanda's Economic Development Program, providing 850 people with access to basic financial services such as savings accounts and small business loans to increase their income. 30 farmers installed biogas systems, which convert cow manure into clean-burning, environmentally friendly fuel for cooking, helping to reduce smoke inhalation and decreasing demand for firewood. We partnered with local agencies to install water points, helping to reduce the burden of collecting water and decreasing the prevalence of waterborne diseases. 65 of the community's most vulnerable children received scholarships and school supplies to help them stay in school. More than 200 people (members of Parent Teacher Associations and other community groups) received training to strengthen their efforts to reduce drop-out rates in their communities. They helped us carry out an education campaign that resulted in 28 children returning to school. 160 primary school teachers attended professional development courses on effective lesson planning and the use of teaching and learning aids. We worked with local agencies to educate communities on environmental issues and to raise awareness of the benefits of relocating from disaster-prone areas. 500 youth participated in entertainment events, debates, and life-skills competitions aimed at raising awareness of HIV and AIDS, drug abuse, and other issues that affect young people's lives. We organized the events in partnership with local leaders and churches. 1,000 children attended a three-day forum on life skills, including child rights, entrepreneurship, and love for God and neighbor. The forum also addressed issues such as child labor and the dangers of substance abuse. We partnered with Lawyers of Hope, an association of Christian attorneys in Rwanda, to train all local child protection committees on child rights and advocacy for children who have been abused.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Protection|Peace|Disability|Advocacy|

Locations

  • Rwanda>Southern

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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