We are taking any opportunities we can find at the moment to learn about the efforts of others helping street children in Rwanda. So an invitation from the Association Mwana Ukundwa (Beloved Child Association) couldn’t be turned down. AMU was founded shortly after the 1994 Genocide by Rose Mukankaka to help children who had lost their parents. It now operates in the towns of Karongi and Huye as well as Kigali.
We met young Eric, a bright five year old who’s story is typical of others we have heard in the Nyamirambo district where we are working. Eric was found by AMU living around a local filling station together with six other children. They had no homes, slept under a bridge and were living off of juice and biscuits given by the garage. At AMU Eric is being sent to school and the association will try to find him foster parents when the time is right.
The visit was constructive and reassured us that our own plans are in line with what is being done elsewhere. Even fifteen years after the genocide the effects are still being felt by a generation of children for whom the street is their home.