The problems and life conditions on street make street children change behaviors, at the instance that they need assistance and moral support to cohabit with their relatives when they are sent back in families.
Caritas Kigali’s Abadacogora-Intwari center has been rehabilitating children from street for a long time ago. Its authorities say that it request much efforts to help those children changing behaviors and mindset.
The center decided to host every batch of rehabilitated children for several months to provide them education which enables them change mindsets and behaviors acquired on street.
Jean Paul Ndayambaje, a psychologist who follow children hosted in Abadacogora-Intwari center located in nyiragiseke, Bugesera district, says that he helps children to change their mindset for them to go back in their respective families leaving aside the bad behaviors adopted while on street.
He provide them pieces of advice showing them the advantages of living in families and the negative effects of life on streets among many other things that destroy their future.
“I ask them to think about themselves and their future and ask themselves who they want to become” he says.
Ndayambaje always help those children providing them examples of otheir fellow children who live a normal life in families “if a child with your age is in secondary school what you think you shall become in the future if you have preferred life on street instead of going to school?”
These illustrations help children changing behaviors and mindset, which enable them to cohabit with their relatives when they are sent back in families.
Ndayambaje also train mentors for those children on the way they can assist children to help them change behaviors.
The coordinator of Caritas Kigali’s Abadacogora-Intwari, Josiane Mushashi assures that the mentorship to those children help them, especially when it comes to psychology related issues.
All of the children who benefited from that mentorship can live in their families after being rehabilitated, whereas many of them used to say that they cannot live anywhere else than in cities.
“This is the reason why we hired a psychologist to provide counselling related services to those children before we send them back to their families” Mushashi says.
Mushashi says that the achievements of the center prove that it is possible to eradicate the street children problem and delinquency. This can only be achieved by joining efforts to find solutions to delinquency problem and uprooting its cause – poverty, in families.