15 graduates from Iwawa Rehabilitation Centre through a support provided by Hopethiopia Rwanda an International NGO operating in Kigali, Rwanda have built a kitchen, bathroom, toilet and a vegetable garden for a vulnerable family living in Gahanga Sector, Kicukiro District.
The 15 graduates from Iwawa Rehabilitation Centre are currently undergoing reintegration into society at Hopethiopia Rwanda’s Hope Home located in Gahanga Sector, Rwabutenge Cell. The initiative of supporting the vulnerable family came in under their first month’s reintegration programs, among which they are encouraged to bond with the community through acts of service in order to break stigma and create a different positive image about themselves.
The 15 Iwawa graduates with Ms. Niyomugabo Noelline and her children
“Such acts of service have been influential in the reintegration of Iwawa graduates supported by Hopethiopia Rwanda, through bonding with the people and the community in which they live, as they identify several key areas where they can render their free services to improve lives of neighboring communities.” said the Country Director of Hopethiopia Rwanda Mr. Asiimwe Ronald during the ceremony held on 03th April 2019 to unveil the above-mentioned sanitation facilities built by Iwawa graduates.
Mr. Habumugisha Emmanuel and his wife Niyomugabo Noelline who benefited from this support testify that before receiving the facilities built by Iwawa Graduates, they had no washrooms to use for daily sanitation needs, that they used to borrow sanitation facilities from their neighbors, a habit which was very shameful to them.
“We are grateful to these young people and Hopethiopia Rwanda for their good gesture to build sanitation facilities for us. It was a big burden and shame for us to always borrow sanitation facilities from our neighbors, but we had no other choice because of lack of means to build our own facilities. Now our four children will be proud to use our own washrooms.” said Mr. Habumugisha.
According to the in charge of Social Affairs in Gahanga Sector, Ms Uwera Claudine, the acts of service done in Gahanga Sector by Iwawa graduates supported by Hopethiopia Rwanda are commendable and show that they have really quitted a delinquent life and have changed into responsible citizens.
Speaking during the ceremony of unveiling these facilities built by Iwawa graduates, the representative from the National Rehabilitation Service Mr. Christian Gilles Muhozi commended the 15 Iwawa graduates and Hopethiopia Rwanda for this good initiative to support vulnerable families through social responsibility services and urged them to keep the momentum in order to break stigma and create a different positive image about Iwawa graduates.
The 15 young people supported by Hopethiopia Rwanda are formerly homeless graduates from Iwawa Rehabilitation Centre (IRC), who completed rehabilitation and Technical, Vocational Education Training (TVET) courses in February 2019.
About Hopethiopia Rwanda
Hopethiopia Rwanda is an International Non-Govermental Organization operating in Rwanda since 2012, which works with NRS in the area of reintegration of homeless graduates from rehebilitation centres and in providing tairoling skills to vulnerable young womenmost of whom are former street children, sex workers; just to cite but a few.
Since August 2014, over 200,000 orphaned and homeless graduates from Iwawa Rehabilitation Centre (IRC) have found a transitional home at Hopethiopia Rwanda’s Hope Home. For up to a period of 6 months, HOPE provides food, clothing and shelter to these youth and assists them in seeking out employment, establishing their own cooperatives or obtaining internships with other established tradesmen.
Hopethiopia also provides start-up kits worth 50,000 Frw for each of these graduates entering the workforce and teaches them how to save the money they get from those jobs so that they get more materials to use in their jobs or everyday life. Once the young men are established in secure jobs and community, and can exhibit self-sufficiency, they venture out to find their own homes.