Under the project ” Promotion of anti-Discrimination practices in Rwanda” funded by CBM Germany BMZ, NUDOR set up volunteers from every district among the 5 that the project is operating to advocate for and follow up challenges that are persons with disabilities facing from their coverage areas (sector). one of those District is Kicukiro from kigali city.
On Monday 26th October 2020, this Committee from Kicukiro District held together in Kigali and shared information on the activities done in terms of advocacy and Challenges they are facing in their daily activities. After sharing, NUDOR was surprised by the performance highlighted by those volunteers within one year of their voluntary work.
During this meeting all of volunteers shared with others the best practices and challenges they faced. NGANYIRA Jean Paul clement is the vice president of the Platform in Kicukiro district and has hearing impairment. He said that during this year of 2020 he brought one deaf child to the Hospital of CHUK in kigali City and followed him until he was consulted and given Hearing facility materials. today the child is fine and hear from his parents and other children while conversing although to speak is not easy for him. ” The second advocacy I did is that I brought him to the special school of learners with deaf and blind impairments of GATAGARA. We are waiting for the reopening of schools to see what the school is going to do for him in education”, He reported.
MUNYAKAZI venant is a counselor in Kicukiro Platform. He said” Me am in charge of advocacy in three Sectors of Nyarugunga, Kicukiro and Kanombe. I visited several times all these sectors. I found one nine years old child who has a problem of over weight (he has many kilos than age). He had a little wheelchair that was causing him insults. so I advocated for him and got a partner who bought for him a new wheelchair and we are following up for him to get health care treatment. Secondly, I advocated for one child with mental disability who had a problem of hunger due to poverty of his family. I advocated for him to the Sector office and they accepted to change his family’s Social Classification category “Ibyiciro by’ubudehe” from three to one, a category of families that the government supports to live. Today he is getting food from the Government”.
More activities have been done in terms of advocacy for persons with disabilities in Kicukiro District. NUDOR that created the Platforms said they are happy for the results obtained from the first year of the Platform. MUKARUSINE Claudine is a Capacity building officer of the project and said that the platform is doing a great job to fight against any form of discrimination towards persons with disabilities from their respective coverage areas. “There are so many tremendous activities they have done in terms of advocacy. some did the same activities but from different areas and others did particular advocate activities. their performance is over regardless that they are volunteers with no salaries. We are proud of their activities and commitments and we are looking forward to the next year performance”.
Mrs Claudine also said that after sharing their experiences, they invite the general assembly of the Platform to share with them what they did and request them to do the same with their neighbors, especially for people who are being discriminated and not getting services they deserve from their families and communities. This meeting occurs quarterly and at the end of the year they sit together and assess their performances during the entire year.