Olpah, 28 years old, is a mother and an entrepreneur selling vegetables, tomatoes, and fruits in Mahama Camp. Last year, when Olpah was in the Kigeme refugee camp, she was supported by Inkomoko with the capital to start her small business. Olpah was transferred to Mahama Camp and continues her business but often had challenges with running her business whilst taking care of her two- year-old child.
Kevin, is a 1-year old boy with a digestive disorder since he was 3 months affecting his growth and ability to gain weight. His mother was not able to breastfeed and had limited knowledge on child nutrition, further putting Kevin at risk of malnutrition.
Zamire arrived in one of the refugee camps in eastern Burundi in 2016 with her aunt, leaving her biological family in the Democratic Republic of Congo where she was living with both her parents, three brothers and one younger sister.
Fearing for the lives of his children, a father of eight sent his family to Rwanda alone with a promise of joining them later. Ishimwe, 13, settled in Kigali with his siblings who range from age 9 to 26. Although safe, threats to the young family’s survival persisted.
Rebecca 16 years old, lives in Mahama camp with her parents and 4 siblings. She has physical disability (amputated right arm) caused by accident. Arriving in Mahama refugee camp, Rebecca could not freely participate in education, recreational and learning activities due to her disability and the stigma that comes with it.
2022 has been a big year for Save the Children Rwanda and Burundi. We did whatever it took to improve the lives of children and their families in Rwanda and Burundi. Because of the support of our partners and donors, Save the Children was commissioned by UNHCR as its 2023 project implementing partner in Rwanda and Burundi. Because of this, we will expand our programs nationally, around health and nutrition, child protection, gender-based violence, and complementary pathways to provide skilled refugees with job opportunities. Through our child protection interventions in Mahama Refugee Camp, we reached 18,458 children. In Burundi, as well as becoming UNHCR partner of choice nationally, we also started new World Bank and EU contracts which will reach thousands of gender based violence survivors and prevent thousands more cases. Under Education, we trained 5,800 pre-primary teachers and 4,322 school leaders in play-based and age-appropriate activities. Kumwe Hub, our innovation and impact investment Hub, has taken off with a new team, new funding partners, and new projects. 6 child-focused businesses have received loans amounting to $63,300 through Ongezea Loans Fund. 14 Rwandan businesses working with different ASRH themes were awarded grants through our Ndashinganye Grants, and a daycare for entrepreneur mothers was established in Mahama Refugee Camp.
Patient attends National Child Focused Pre-budget hearing session_April2018