Help for suffering children

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Dear Colleagues,

Please allow me to introduce myself as a member of IDA (Integrated Development Action) Rwanda. IDA is a Rwandan Non-Government Organization founded on 01 July 2012 with registration No 349/RGB/NGO/OC/12/2017. Our mission is to promote the development of living standards of vulnerable people and minorities in rural areas of Rwanda. Our vision is to build an environment that eliminates social injustices and inequalities.

From its creation onwards, the organization is trying to integrate children who live with albinism in society. Currently, 81 albinos’ children from Western province of Rwanda (East Africa) are receiving school materials to promote their education and, help them to get hygiene materials for their skin protection.

Moreover, IDA Rwanda has the program which works with children, orphans of HIV AIDS. With this program, 63 children are facilitated to have access to basic education by giving them school materials. We also distribute small livestock for them to become self-reliant. Sometimes we do holidays camps with these children. Our organization gets resources to fund these programs from sponsors. However, we have no permanent partners which put IDA Rwanda to run these program under shortage of resources.

Nowadays, we are struggling to provide both education and medical services for these children especially for those who live with albinism. Most of these children have started to suffer from skin cancer due to the lack of appropriate lotion for their skin and blindness. Some of them need surgery but unfortunately, the organization is not having sufficient fund to take care of these services.We are no more sleeping wondering how and where we can get support to free these kids from pitiful and miserable life. we have tried to communicate different organizations but they showed little or even lack of interest to provide help for these vulnerable children but we still believe that with everyone contribution, we can make the difference. We are looking forward to getting your feedback about what we can do.

Thank you!


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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Dear Hagenimana, 

Thank you for reaching out to us at Compassion International. Unlike a relief and development agency, Compassion International is a non-profit, child development agency that works with existing church-based organizations. The funds that we receive are donated from sponsors for individual children in Compassion-assisted projects to provide for their educational, health and nutritional needs. It is our policy to register children ages nine and under into our program. Does your organization affiliate with a local church? In what part of Rwanda are you located?

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