Kaloyan and Maria spent the first five months of their lives in an orphanage. Poor health meant their parents could not care for them without extra help.
Vasilica was only four months old and his sister, Ecaterina, was just one when they were sent to live in the orphanage. For two years, their mother battled to bring them home home again.
Ivan was taken from his dad, Stoyan, when he was just three years old. Because he has cerebral palsy and his dad is a single parent, the authorities had decided Ivan would be better off in an orphanage. That’s when our social worker, Elitsa, stepped in.
The success of a groundbreaking project to close orphanages in Rwanda and Uganda, shows that all children can leave institutions for the warmth and security of a family, once they have the right support.
A number of children with disabilities, reunited with their families through our work, are now calling on the UN to recognise orphanages as one of the biggest barriers to progress on creating safe, healthy and inclusive communities.
SMS technology has revolutionised the way we find and support children with disabilities
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