The Rwanda National Rehabilitation Services (NRS) in partnership with Caritas Kigali’s Abadacogora-Intwari Centre have taken measures to tackle the problem of rehabilitated former street children who go back to street.
It was decided in a meeting held by the two institutions in December 2018, and reached an agreement that they have to collaborate to ensure that former street kids no longer go back to street.
The meeting concluded that poor families for former street kids should be supported financially through saving and lending groups locally known as “Amatsinda” so that poverty in those families do not trigger children to go back to street.
On one side, Abadacogora-Intwari Centre do follow former street kids in their families and in different schools where they study.
That follow up helps Abadacogora-Intwari Centre to know problems faced by those children in their families to find solutions to them.
On the other side Abadacogora-Intwari Centre goes down to street to check whether none of rehabilitated children went back to street, in order to assess the problems they faced in families and taking new measures.
This follow up goes hand in hand with financial support offered to families to start projects which will tackle poverty problem in those families.
The director general of NRS, Aimé Bosenibamwe also says that they are still facing challanges of former streets kids coming from rehabilitation centers who go back to street.
After realising that children coming from rehabilitation centers go back to streets, we are doing all our best to prevent them going back to street” Bosenibamwe says.
The partnership between NRS and Abadacogora-Intwari Centre will help in limiting the number of children going to street.