Rwanda: Caritas Introduces Project for Former Street Children

Rwanda: Caritas Introduces Project for Former Street Children

The New Times (Kigali)

January 24, 2007
Posted to the web January 25, 2007

James Tasamba
Musanze

Caritas, an international Catholic aid organization in Ruhengeri dioceses has added a new artisan project in its programmes to benefit over 300 former street children.

Speaking at the official launch of the project, January 18, in Musanze District, the District official in charge of cooperatives, Salongo Nsolo who represented the mayor, asked the children to embrace the project as a way through which they can fight poverty and improve their living standards.

"This is a developmental idea which you should take seriously as it will help improve your financial status and lead to the economic development of the district," Nsoro told the children.

Reaffirming the district’s commitment to help associations which help children, Nsolo commended Caritas for transforming the children into responsible citizens. "The district will support such projects which are in line with the government plan of making all children live a descent life," he pledged

Dotta Mirco, an Italian national and architect of the project said the project was out of the realization to help preserve Rwandan culture and fetch money through sale of products to tourists visiting the Volcano National Park.

Angela Mukamusoni of Caritas, said they started a center for reintegration of former street children in 1997; under which the children are taught different skills including carpentry, welding, tailoring, hairdressing, and motor mechanics before they get reintegrated with their families. A total of 225 children have so far been trained and given work tools before being reintegrated to normal life.

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