Our pioneering ‘No Child Left Behind’ programme piloted the closure of two orphanages for children with disabilities in Rwanda. Here, Innocent Habimfura, Hope and Homes for Children’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, looks back on an extraordinary journey to lay the foundations for inclusive childcare reform in Rwanda and beyond.
Brussels, 8 April 2021: Today, on International Romani Day, the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), Hope and Homes for Children, and Eurochild call on European states to commit to closing down institutions for children, and providing appropriate child and family support services for Romani children who are overrepresented in state care
Like so many Nepalese children, Tika had been taken from his family by traffickers. For a high fee, they promised his parents that he would be well cared for and educated in an institution in the city. Instead, he was taken to an orphanage where he survived alone for two years; neglected, abused and exploited to elicit donations from tourists.
When Covid hit, strict lockdown measures meant Valerie could no longer go to work. A Community Volunteer discovered that Valerie had no money left for food or water, and alerted our team who co-ordinated emergency support for her family.
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