Strive Foundation Rwanda’s ECD program delivers quality stimulation, psycho-social support, literacy and numeracy for young children, facilitating their transition to primary school. This not only enhances the cognitive development of children, but also increases awareness of health and nutrition issues amongst parents whilst establishing a social and emotional support network for young Rwandan children.
Our specific programmatic aims are:
• To expand training and technical support for community based ECD centers.
• To improve the sensitization of ECD within the community.
Since 2010, SFR has been involved with the training, technical and material support for 32 ECD centers in Rwanda. This has provided hundreds of children, of which many would be considered vulnerable, with improved cognitive, social, emotional and physical development.
Strive Foundation Rwanda’s OVCs program provides ongoing support for the welfare of OVCs in Rwanda. This involves provision of school materials, school uniforms, school fees, medical insurance, nutritional training, psychosocial care and assistance in crops production. In addition, support to the most vulnerable families, many of which are headed by children, is provided in the school holidays through various entertainment activities. For example, sports, poetry, singing, dance and continued psychosocial care through group meetings.
Our specific aims are:
• To identify minimum package priority for OVCs in education.
• To provide social and economic protection to CHH and OVCs.
Funded by HHN since 2011, SFR has successfully provided support to many CHH and OVCs, whom have been orphaned due to genocide, HIV/AIDS, malaria or war. This support helped these children and young people to gain access to proper education, health, nutrition, shelter, psychosocial care and ultimately improved economic situations throughout 3 districts of Rwanda. In addition, SFR has supported the training and initiation of youth cooperatives, in order to provide long-term economic support and income generating activities for OVCs.
Strive Foundation Rwanda’s Vocational Training program involves provision of theory and practical vocational training in painting, forge-welding, bakery, tiling and plumbing to out-of-school and vulnerable youths. It also involves catch-up and refresher basic education in Mathematics, English and Kinyarwanda. Finally, it involves work readiness training, internship placement, and skilled-youth cooperative formation. By the completion of the program, youths should be equipped with the skills and knowledge of their vocations, as well as cooperative management to improve their individual economic situations.
Our specific aims are:
• To improve the vocational skills of out-of-school youths and OVCs.
• To provide life-skills, catch-up education and work readiness training.
As of 2010 SFR has been involved in the Accelerated Learning Program in partnership with USAID/EDC/AkaziKanoze in order to provide OVC youths with catch-up education, work readiness and vocational skills training. The partnership has now reached 250 OVCs and 50 youths at two centers in Gasabo district, Rwanda. Eventually, SFR aims to create its own vocational training center in the near future.