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Vicky Glazbrook from Ringwood school’s ‘Rwandan Journey’ in 2013


      Towards the end of our journey, we visited a street children’s charity where both boys and girls are rescued from the streets. The children shared their stories, often involving rape, prostitution and imprisonment and we were told of how one 3 year old boy’s parents attempted to sell him to tourists.   

      However, much like the widows, every child was so upbeat and optimistic about the future.


An excerpt from Gresham’s school ‘Rwandan Journey’ in 2013


      Saturday took us all by surprise. We were planning to spend a short time at a Children’s street project, SACCA, but ended up being there for over six hours, firstly at the girls’ site in Kayonza, helping out with local chores and playing games and then at the boys’ site in Kaborondo, talking and finally dancing with them to some local tunes.


      The girl's project in Kayonza is where Megan Booth and Jack Green spent the best part of three weeks volunteering during July and August 2013. Valentine from the Kayonza centre has recently placed a funding bid with the trust - details of which will be appearing soon - to include essential items like 'water collection and mosquito netting' - sadly both are in a poor state!

 

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Above:  Art lesson SACCA - style!


Below: many other activites took place at Kayonza and Kaboroondo including - bubbles, skipping, dancing and 'catering'!

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      Pictured below right is Gisele (resplendent in an Amakuru tee-shirt) - she has just started 'volunteering' at the girl's centre in Kayonza and is hopefully the first of many. Head of the centre - Valentine is determined to promote this activity to Rwandans. Non-African volunteers materialise each year but the concept of having more 'local particpants' in the scheme is something that Valentine wants to encourage. Making the indigenous community more aware of the centre's work and success stories can only help to integrate more of the orphans that are currently supported by SACCA.

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Click on the download link right to view SACCA's project bid - c/o Valentine.

watertanksandsanitationproposal-saccacentres.pdf
SACCA Project Bid - May 2014