Save the Children’s home based recreational activities initiative has reached 435 children, including 265 girls and 170 boys, to date.
Since 2015, Save the Children has strived to protect and keep safe more than 31,000 children in Mahama Camp. In collaboration with UNHCR and MINEMA, Save the Children traces families and reunites them with their children in Rwanda and Burundi.
Divine, 15, has lived in Mahama Refugee Camp with her parents and six siblings since 2015.Multitalented Divine plays basketball, danc-es and now crochets as part of Save the Children’s Home-Based Recreation initiative. According to Divine, “Save the Children helped us by giving us crochets hooks and yarn so that we could start crocheting. You can’t wander around Akagera River if you have beautiful things like this at home.”
A virtual event organized by Trócaire on September 10th, 2020, launched the Localisation Research Report titled ‘’’The contribution of various actors towards localisation of humanitarian and development action in Rwanda’’. This launch brought together 63 participants representing donor agencies, International and National organisations, ministries and government institutions. Glenn Stuart Hodes, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Senior Advisor for Resource Mobilization and Development Effectiveness and Usta Kaitesi, the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) Chief Executive Officer were both in attendance.
Save the Children does whatever it takes to protect children from harm. In Mahama Camp, Save the Children has provided child protection interventions and case management including family tracing and reunification for children at risk since 2015. As the voluntary repatriation of Burundian refugees continues, Save the Children has intensified its efforts and reunited 115 children in and outside the country.
In 2015, Burundian refugees fled to Rwanda and other countries in the region. Since then, Save the Children has been at the forefront of the humanitarian response protecting children from harm in Mahama Camp. In Kirehe District, Save the Children delivers child protection interventions and case management for at risk children including those involved in incidents of child neglect, physical abuse, sexual exploitation and child defilement. Most survivors of abuse need long-term solutions. Save the Children and its stakeholders meet in the best interest determination panel to discuss child abuse cases and response plan
Parents’ interactions with infants and children in the first years can have a long-term impact on physical, health, on social and emotional well-being, and on cognitive capacities (CDC, 2007). With training, parents can become more effective providers of the care and stimulation that babies and young children need to develop properly (Evans, 2006). Since the Pilot Phase of First Steps (Intera za Mbere) Program in 2015, Save the Children continues to implement the program with an aim to improve parenting practices, child development outcomes, and promotion of emergent literacy in the home. As part of our COVID-19 response in 2020 in partnership with UMUHUZA we conducted a baseline survey on parenting during COVID-19 intended to collect data to benchmark the “Evaluation of First Steps (Intera za Mbere) towards quality Early Childhood Care and Development through Holistic Parenting Education in Response to COVID-19”