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Gakenke District: Teen Mothers supported with food and hygiene items

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The first COVID-19 patient having been reported in Rwanda since March 14, schools immediately asked to close in March 15 and 16, with students returning home to prevent the spread of the virus.

At the time, the Ministry of Gender and Family Development issued a series of messages urging parents to protect their children from sexual misconduct and to protect them from sexual predators, although there have been reports of child sexual abuse.

It is in this context that on May 1, 2021, the Bamporereze Association in collaboration with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) gave food items and other essentials to 100 young mothers in Gakenke District in three sectors namely Karambo, Nemba and Gakenke.

All of the parents were given food including rice, flour, beans, and PPE personal protective equipment, to prevent them from Covid-19 as other gears from getting unwanted pregnancies.

The Bamporereze Association is a non-governmental organization that works for orphans and underprivileged children in Rwanda, which is why it has partnered with the Gakenke district to provide these food items and COVID-19 prevention materials funded by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).

Speciose Mushimankuyo, Bamporeze’s Human Resources and Administrative Manager, said: “We, however, support these vulnerable young parents with short-term food items and hope that it will help them in today’s life in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic.”

Catherine Uwimana, Gakenke District Deputy Mayor for Social Welfare, said the young parents are currently facing extreme poverty, sexual violence and children who drop out of school. She went on to say that the district has put them in savings groups so that they can solve some of the financial problems they have in their families.

“Gakenke district has a plan to help some of these young parents who may want to go back to school or go to vocational schools with technical and vocational training (TVET) so that every child will have a profession that they know how to do so,” She said. create jobs out of unemployment. ”

In 2019-2020, there were 196 teen mothers living with their parents. These  teen parents where taught reproductive health as to protect them from deception and misleading them from being preyed on on their sexuality.

One of the beneficiaries, Leoncie Dusabimana, a resident of Kivumu village, Rusagara cell, Gakenke district, has a 4-year-old son, was grateful towards Bamporereze Association for having donated the food and hygiene items to them, because they to have no money to buy them.

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