Teaching arts to former street children is one of the methods applied by Caritas Kigali’s Abadacogora-Intwari project to help them change, progress and feel confident.
Arts lessons are taught to former street children during both school time and holidays.
This year will be special as there different kinds of arts to be taught to rehabilitated street children, including traditional and modern dances, acting, fashion, drawing and designing among others. They are designed for children between 7 and 21 years old.
Psychologist Paulette Baraka follows those children assessing the way arts impact on their social welfare. Her 2015 report on behaviors of children who were trained in writing dramas and acting, indicates that children acting in dramas about their personal life change behaviors quickly and feel confident, as they get chance to expose their thoughts and feelings based on their life on street.
During 2016, 120 former street children (boys and girls) rehabilitated by Abadacogora-Intwari followed trainings in drama writing and acting.
Forty children from primary and secondary schools followed training in drawing and designing, while 30 children were trained in fashion, and 10 in dolls making.
Those children afforded to make designs on t-shirts, make dolls and showcase fashion styles designed by themselves among other things.