WHY DO WE TAKE THE FIELD?
In 1994, at the end of the civil war, the situation in Rwanda is dramatic. Faced with the presence of a large number of people in extreme difficulty, the Fathers of the Parish of Nyinawimana of the Province of Byumba decided to found the Izere Center. The numbers are impressive: 4,000 orphans, 1,600 widowed women with psychological difficulties linked to the experience of genocide, 160 children with HIV and 370 people with disabilities, many of them children or adolescents. In 2012, we work to help orphans, children with physical disabilities, children with HIV syndrome and women in need through diverse programmes ranging from education, health care and food assistance. We are supported by an important educational team, whose training is followed by Handicap International, in order to be able to better deal with this extremely delicate situation.
We sustain the Izere Center through Distance Support so that stability and continuity can be ensured, two fundamental elements for the maintenance of a facility that provides education, care and assistance to extremely fragile women and children.
It is necessary to ensure daily medical, surgical and therapeutic care for the little ones with physical disabilities; to provide suitable means of transportation for these children; and to equip new areas for play and therapeutic activities. The work of the highly specialized staff working within the facility, including physiotherapists, psychologists, teachers and social workers, is supported by Distance Support.
FOR WHOM AND WITH WHOM WE DO PROJECTS
The Izere Center is home to 300 children, 41 of whom have disabilities. There are 3 therapists, 1 social worker and teachers, psychologists, law enforcement, institutions, priests, surgeons, orthopedists.