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Orphanages in Rwanda: Uwase’s inspiring journey again to household

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Rwanda is ready to shut its final remaining orphanage by 2026. Learn on to find how your generosity is bringing the final kids dwelling in orphanages again to household. Kids like Uwase*.​


April seventh marks the thirtieth Commemoration of the Genocide Towards the Tutsi in Rwanda. On today, we’re honouring the efforts of the Rwandan individuals in rebuilding their lives, communities, and nation.

We’ve labored in Rwanda since 2002. Now, there are solely 9 orphanages nonetheless in operation. Most youngsters dwelling inside them have disabilities, like Uwase. Our work is proving that it’s not solely potential, however higher for these kids to be introduced again to household.

Will you assist our staff convey kids in orphanages in Rwanda again to household? Donate today.

Uwase, a young girl from Rwanda, smiles warmly at the camera.

Pictured right here in 2022, Uwase is considered one of 1000’s of kids from Rwandan orphanages who we’ve introduced again to household.
Jean Bizimana/Hope and Properties for Kids

Uwase’s story


Uwase, pictured above, was deserted as a child. She was born with a incapacity in her leg, after which left within the streets of Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, at ten months previous.

The authorities couldn’t discover her mother and father, in order that they took her to an orphanage. She lived there for three lengthy years.

Why kids with disabilities find yourself inside orphanages​


All over the world, households combating poverty, incapacity and discrimination typically make the determined resolution to desert their kids, believing they’ll be higher cared for in an orphanage.

Sadly, this isn’t the case. As a substitute of serving to kids, orphanages put them in hurt’s means.

Throughout her time within the establishment, Uwase was depressing. The employees didn’t assist her together with her incapacity, not to mention train her to stroll. Unable to maneuver round, she couldn’t work together or take part any video games. As a substitute, she was left alone and ignored. Simply present. Day in, day trip.

Uwase looks sad in a poorly lit room, turning away from the camera while filing through some pieces of paper.

As a substitute of receiving the assist she wanted for her incapacity, Uwase by no means realized the right way to stroll.
Jean Bizimana/Hope and Properties for Kids

How we are able to convey kids again to household​


Like Uwase, most youngsters nonetheless in Rwandan orphanages have disabilities.

“There are lots of misconceptions surrounding disabilities, like that kids with disabilities are ultimately burdens on their households,” explains Richard Munyaneza, Advocacy, Communication and Safeguarding Coordinator of Hope and Properties for Kids Rwanda. “These false beliefs have permeated coverage and decision-making processes.”

In consequence, there’s a scarcity of assist for folks of kids with disabilities in Rwanda. All too usually, they’re instructed their kids can be higher off in orphanages. However there’s all the time a greater means.

Alongside the Rwandan Authorities, we’re standing up for the rights of each little one to develop up in a secure and loving neighborhood. And we’re supporting households to convey their kids house from orphanages, as no less than 80% have dwelling mother and father. And, for youngsters who don’t, we’re recruiting loving adoptive mother and father. Similar to we did for Uwase.

Discovering household for Uwase


Sadly, nobody may hint Uwase’s beginning mother and father, so we began looking for a new household.

Gatete* and Uwimana*, a neighborhood couple with kids of their very own, heard about our work and rapidly reached out.

As Uwimana explains:

“After I see my kids rising up along with me and their father, with somebody to name mum and pa, and examine that to seeing a toddler in an orphanage being cared for by totally different paid employees and not using a mom or father, it’s very unhappy. That’s why I made the choice to ask Uwase to hitch our household. So she will have somebody to name her mum and pa.”
Umiwana and Gatate, Uwase's new mum and dad, pick her up and hold them between them. They're standing outside, in a bright and sunny garden with rich vegetation.

Uwimana, left, and her husband, Gatete, proper – Uwase’s new mum and pa.
Jean Bizimana/Hope and Properties for Kids

Creating a brand new household


After Uwase turned three, our staff supplied Gatete and Uwimana with specialist coaching to turn out to be adoptive mother and father.

“The coaching from Hope and Properties for Kids actually helped me to look after Uwase,” Uwimana says. “Regardless that I used to be already a guardian, it helped me lots. I used to be suggested to like Uwase much more than I like my very own kids, to guard her from something which may traumatise her any additional.”

Earlier than lengthy, we have been taking Uwase to her new house. Ultimately, she was out of the orphanage and again to household.

Pleased and beloved​


“Since dwelling with us, Uwase is way happier,” Uwimana says. “She performs with different kids and spends time outdoors. Which means she’s rather more conscious of what’s occurring in the neighborhood. She learns and beneficial properties a lot greater than different kids shut away inside orphanages.”

Umiwama, Uwase's mum, gives her a hug and a kiss on the cheek. Both of them are smiling warmly.

Due to her adoptive mother and father, Uwase is rising up surrounded by love and a focus.
Jean Bizimana/Hope and Properties for Kids

Our staff continued to assist the household and guarantee that they had all the pieces they wanted. We supplied cash to cowl  Uwase’s medical therapy and physiotherapy every month, for a yr and a half. We additionally gave them counselling classes and referred them to native leaders and well being providers for extra assist.

And most significantly, due to life in her household, Uwase lastly realized to stroll.

“If she’d stayed within the establishment, perhaps she by no means would’ve realized to stroll,” says Umiwama. “She was all the time alone within the dormitory, with noone to care for her. However now issues are totally different. It’s such a pleasure to see Uwase so joyful and beloved in my household.”
Uwase stands outside in her background with her foster family – her foster parents, brother, and two sisters. One of her sisters is holding a small baby – Uwase's niece.

Uwase at house, surrounded by her loving new household, together with its newest addition: her child niece.
Jean Bizimana/Hope and Properties for Kids

Closing the remaining orphanages in Rwanda​


Uwase’s orphanage as soon as had 26 kids dwelling inside.

Of these 26 kids, we reunited 4 kids with their households, discovered foster households for 13 of them, and supported 9 younger adults to regulate to dwelling independently. The orphanage is now closed.

Now, Rwanda is on the cusp of being orphanage-free by 2026. As of March 2024, there are solely 9 orphanages nonetheless working. Our staff is working with the native authorities to shut them and produce each little one in Rwanda again to household.

Will you assist us get each little one dwelling in orphanages in Rwanda again to household? Donate today.


* Names modified to guard identification.

Image is of Rugwiro* caring for Ndoli* when he was feeling weak after having a seizure


Help our work Carry separated kids again to household​



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