Rwanda

One of the biggest challenges in the community we are working in is child abandonment due to economic insecurity. We are working to upskill youth, young mothers and community members in one of the disadvantaged suburbs of Kigali to help them qualify for better paying jobs. By improving computer skills, English language fluency and business/income generating skill we are supporting stable homes and healthier children.

Rwanda

2019 Marks a new beginning

After doing the hard work of our discovery and design process, we are now ready to pack our bags and deliver the first phase of our Rwanda project. Hope and Homes for Children (HHC) Rwanda was established in 2002 and has worked to reduced the number of orphanages from 31 to 4. They have built and established over 30 community programs for the disadvantaged which are run almost completely by community volunteers. The Kigarama community center is one of those programs and is at the heart of Hope and Homes work in Rwanda. Run by local volunteers, it is home to:
  • 4 Nursery School classes
  • Karate, Aerobics, Arts, and Sports classes
  • Two levels of English Classes
  • A center for income generating groups
  • A nutrition teaching hub
  • And more!
Hope and Homes’ goal for this and other centers is that they become self-reliant and sustainable. They also want to develop and improve this center so that it can be an economic center for the community. They understand that in order to create a safe home for disadvantaged children their families and community must be financially self-sufficient and sustainable. Venture 2 Impact has been invited to help establish the Kigarama Community Center as a self-sufficient and sustainable community hub that benefits as many people as possible. Our strategy is to train and enable as many people as possible to ensure self-sufficiency and sustainability of the community center.

How we plan to do it

The four main groups that we will focus on to maximize our efforts are:

HHC Employees and Staff

The HHC Employees & Staff can benefit from English, Computer and Management training.

Volunteer and Student Teachers

The Volunteer Teachers can pass on their trainings to community members and children.

Income Generating (IG) Groups

The members of the IG Groups can help drive the success of the Community Hub with their success.

Community Members and Children

The general community and children are very eager and excited to work with V2I.

Our 5 year plan

2019

2019

Teach English and computer skills to HHC employees and student teachers. These key individuals will be able to pass on their learning to others throughout the year.

2020

2020

Build off of year-one efforts by carrying out advanced training for HHC employees and student teachers. Expand English training to Income Generating Groups leaders.

2021

2021

Move to business development and leadership training for HHC employees and Income Generating Group leaders. Carry out further English development for student teachers.

2022

2022

Complete advanced business training and development for Income Generating Groups that can contribute to the success of Kigarama Community Center.

2023

2023

Assess how the expansion of business success is permeating the whole community and design the next phase of work if necessary.

OuR Milestones and Measurements

2019
2019

Level 1 English and Computer Skills

  • Graduate 5 Student Teachers at Level 1 English
  • Graduate 3 Students at Level 1 Computer Proficiency
  • Graduate HHC Employees from English for Business Training
2020
2020

Level 2 English and Computer Skills

  • Graduate 5 Student Teachers at Level 2 English; Graduate 10 students at Level 1 English
  • Graduate 3 Students at Level 2 Computer Proficiency; Graduate 6 students at Level 1
  • Graduate 3 IG Groups with business plans
  • Graduate HHC Employees from Leadership Training
2021
2021

Advanced English and Business Development

  • Graduate 10 Students at Advanced English; Graduate 10 Students at Level 2
  • Graduate 3 new IG Groups with business plans
  • Graduate 2 IG Groups to financially contribute to Kigarama Community Center
2022
2022

Self-Sustained Community Center

  • Graduate 3 IG new Groups to financially contribute to Kigarama Community Center
  • Graduate 20 students at Advanced English
  • Establish regular events that incorporates all of the community and invites outsiders to join
2023
2023

Sustainable Community Center

  • Support IG Groups where needed
  • Support English Classes where needed
  • Support HHC where needed
  • Carry our evaluation for future involvement

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Hope and Homes for Children  believes that every child has the right to grow up in a loving family. Orphanages do not protect children. They harm them. Hope and Homes are working towards a day when every child can grow up in a loving family. Hope and Homes for Children is a global expert in the field of de-institutionalisation. By closing institutions, supporting children into loving, stable families and working with governments to tackle the root causes of family breakdown, they are working towards a day where orphanages have been eradicated for good.

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