‘Good News for Peace and Development in Rwanda’ (GNPD) began by establishing pastoral care in all the prisons of Rwanda, but soon realised that the problems they encountered were inherently linked with the historic genocide and the need for community reconciliation and development. They have subsequently run community reconciliation workshops, worked with genocide orphan communities, and have also established a Street Kids Catch-Up School. This enables young people trapped in street life to catch up on what they’ve missed before hopefully accessing mainstream education – a crucial lifeline.
The Rwanda CRED Team Trip is an opportunity to travel to Kigali in Rwanda and spend time working at a Street Kids Catch-Up School, run by CRED’s local partner, GNPD. A key part of the trip will be delivering a five-day activity week providing fun, creative and educational activities for all the street-kids in the catch-up school.
Rwanda still lives under the shadow of the genocide that happened in 1994. Even though the country is now one of the most developed in Africa, big challenges remain. The legacy of trauma affecting the majority of the population and the ongoing issue of orphans and street children still remains. Everyone was affected, and everybody has a story to tell.
The week itself is of significant benefit to those involved, informed as it is by child development theory, good teaching practice, and a spirit of fun and play. Local staff appreciate the input and new ideas, as well as the resources that are left behind, and any fundraising is given straight to the host project.
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