Gisimba Memorial Center has long been a home for vulnerable children. It was one of the oldest and well-reputed orphan’s residencies in Rwanda. In 2012; Rwanda adopted “A Child Care Reform” where all children living in orphanages were to be integrated into foster families and into community.Gisimba Memorial Center responded to the change and initiated a childhood development program called
Gisimba Afterschool Program Initiative in order to progress with helping vulnerable children from surrounding community.
Currently, there is an improvement in children enrolled in primary schools as they represent almost 100%. Despite, a major enrollment rate in primary schools, there is a problem in preprimary schools which enroll only 17% and; the quality of education and access to education for most vulnerable children still need a major improvement (www.unicef.un). Looking at the Rwandan population overall primary school completion rate, which is still low, there is a problem as to how many parents are able to assist their children as to improve their academic performance.
Actually, there are an ever increasing number of children with juvenile delinquency behaviors and those who run away for the street life, due to instability of their family structure, lack of Parental control, poverty, and child’s environment maladjustment, and this could affect children in their overall development. Rwanda has made significant steps in the protection and development of the child that it has even initiated and approved ECD policy (early childhood policy) but currently, it is accessed by only 13% of children who only live in urban area and who are only from wealthy families.
It is with this regard that Gisimba Memorial Center try to find a solution by implementing a childhood development care program for all children regardless of any kind of discrimination. This would enhance child protection and fight against child abuse and neglect facing vulnerable children.