Help a child, transform a society

EDUCATION

The development of a child in the early years is crucial to the overall health and future prospect of the child. Unfortunately, in Rwanda almost 40% of young children have stunted growth. This does not only affect their physical health but their cognitive, social and emotional health. For instance, it can impend their learning abilities later on in adulthood. Fewer than 20% of Rwandan children between the age of 3 and 6 have access to education programs.
To address these gaps Bride of Hope has established programs and activities aiming at facilitating access for children to education.
These programs include:

URUHONGORE ECD CENTER - ECD

URUHONGORE ECD CENTER

Early childhood development - ECD
Is about supporting a child in these critical early years, providing holistic access to early learning, good nutrition, hygiene and protection.
Therefore Bridge of Hope availed the quality of ECD services to children aged between 3-6 years old whereby they learn how to read, write, play, and to be creative and to get to know Christian Values.

Whats is an ECD?
Early childhood development - ECD - is about supporting a child in these critical early years, providing holistic access to early learning, good nutrition, hygiene and protection.
Therefore Bridge of Hope availed the quality of ECD services to children aged between 3-6 years old whereby they learn how to read, write, play, and to be creative and to get to know Christian Values.
We provide children with food to address malnutrition issues observed among children who are attending this program.

Play and Learn Initiative - PLI

Play and Learn Initiative - PLI

This initiative is a weekend program that enables us to interact with children, parents and the friends of kids through educative and playful activities such as games, mentorship programs, talent shows and character-building methods.
This initiative is conducted on a weekly basis and is open for children attending the Bridge of Hope programs. 

Play and Learn Initiative - PLI

  • This initiative is a weekend program that enables us to interact with children, parents and the friends of kids through educative and playful activities such as games, mentorship programs, talent shows and character-building methods.
  • This initiative is conducted on a weekly basis and is open for children attending the Bridge of Hope programs.
  • This program aims at connecting children and parents, the youth and the volunteers in the community via educative activities like educative games.
  • Thus, it prepares children and families to pre-primary learning as mandated by the government policy on early child education development.
  • The Play and Learn Initiative was implemented to serve the overall goal of parents to generate positive attitudes and motives towards the education of their children. 

Child’s education sponsorship

Sponsoring a Child Changes Lives

Bridge of Hope’s child sponsorship program is set up to remove barriers to education for children:

This is our unique program that enables us to connect children in need with compassionate individuals who are willing to assist children in need and to give them a chance to grow up healthy, educated and safe. 

SPONSORING A CHILD CHANGES LIVES. 
Bridge of Hope’s child sponsorship program is set up to remove barriers to education for children:
This is our unique program that enables us to connect children in need with compassionate individuals who are willing to assist children in need and to give them a chance to grow up healthy, educated and safe.

Only 30 $ per month is required to provide for:

  •  Education Assistance
  •  Nutritious food
  •  Medical insurance
  • Health and Hygienic training / services
  • Parenting Educational Trainings
  • Medical checkups, which often save lives
  • Mentoring to help children discover their incredible value / gifts as God’s children.

If you wish to sponsor a child and pay via check or wish to pay monthly, quarterly or yearly,
Please contact us at info@bridgeofhope.org.rw

CHILD PROTECTION

Bridge of Hope conducts campaigns on children’s rights and protection and provides trainings and education to parents and community members.
This enables them to take practical steps towards achieving equitable community goals.
All the things children need to grow up at their potential, one of the most urgent is safety from harm. Yet millions of children the world over still experience abuse, neglect, exploitation and other forms of violence that derail their development. Harm to children can be physical, mental, emotional or sexual. It knows no ethnic, religious or cultural boundaries, and it can happen at the hands of anyone in a child’s life: strangers or teachers, peers or parents. 
These adults must have competencies, knowledge and motivation to provide effective protection for children.
They must identify and react against possible cases of discrimination, neglect or mistreatment. An efficient protection is essential to the children’s well-being because, as vulnerable people, they are more exposed to problems of mistreatment, exploitation, discrimination and violence
We support families to promote their children’s well-being within safe environments. This means educating caregivers about how to interact with their children in healthy ways, as well as helping booster families’ socioeconomic stability so they can consistently make choices in their children’s best interests. We educate communities about children’s need for protection, supporting them to create and sustain child protection committees that know how to respond appropriately to abuse, neglect, exploitation and other forms of violence.
We empower children to understand and embrace their own right to protection, helping them find and raise their voices against violence. We advocate alongside them at the local, national and international levels for policy changes that make protecting children a priority.
It may be harsh, humiliating corporal punishment, female genital mutilation, or online sexual abuse and exploitation (OSEAC). Child, early or forced marriage, a type of gender-based violence, can set the stage for a variety of abuses.
It includes child labor; child trafficking; sexual exploitation, including the production of child sexual abuse materials, child prostitution, early marriage and sex tourism.
Abandonment and other types of neglect leave children vulnerable to institutionalization, exploitation and other hazards.
Violence can be physical, sexual, emotional or psychological and can take many forms: bullying, forced displacement and separation, torture, mutilation, physical punishment, rape and other forms of gender-based violence
What do children need protection from?

The superior interest of the child targets the well being of each child.

The principle of the superior interest of the child has the goal of promoting and guaranteeing the well being of all children, on several aspects:

Physical well being

Ensuring good health and proper development of the child.

Mental well being

Providing the child the opportunity to develop intellectually.

Social well being

Ensuring to the child the opportunity to flourish socially and spiritually.

Child Protection fast facts:

A . An estimated 1 billion children– more than half in the world – experience physical, sexual or emotional violence or neglect each year.

B . Three in four children between the ages of 2-4 experience some form of violent discipline on a regular basis.

C . Worldwide, one-third of student’s ages 11-15 have been bullied by their peers during the past month.

D . 120 million girls and young women under age 20 have experienced some type of forced sexual contact.

 E . Half of children under age 5 live with a mother who is a victim of intimate partner violence. 

HEALTH & NUTRITION

We believe that good health is the basis for personal growth.
Therefore, we are Committ ed to assist communities with access to quality healthcare.

Health

At Bridge of Hope we conduct health campaigns and facilitate education on health and health services availed by the Ministry of Health of Rwanda. These include insurance services, disease prevention measures, hygiene measure and general well-being practices. 

Nutrition

We encourage community members to produce local food with agricultural resources they have in their localities. Good nutrition is one of the pillars of wellbeing. Thus, we provide nutrition to children attending our day-to-day activities and we educate them on healthy conducts.

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

At Bridge of Hope, We believe that children can develop with ease and to higher heights once they are exposed to the right environment. The community empowerment program aims at providing entrepreneur skills, psychological support, and education on parenting as well as spiritual development.

1. Psychosocial Support

At Bridge of Hope we believe that mentally healthy individuals are prone to raise healthy children and create a safer community. The psychosocial support program offered by Bridge of Hope strengthens individuals, families and communities by assisting them in the recovery from traumatic events, adversities, poverty and family conflicts, which impair and divide families.

2. Micro-Enterprise Activities

Bridge of Hope is committed to empower families through micro-enterprises by offering entrepreneurial education in order to qualify members of the communities, in which we operate. We support community members by providing them with skills in relationship building, business training, life and leadership skills, business investment and impact measurement.

OUR MICRO-ENTERPRISES PROCEDURES.

STEP ONE: RELATIONSHIP BUILDING WITH OUR BENEFICIARIES

We conduct extensive baseline assessments and spend relational time with people to know them and their life situation

STEP TWO: BUSINESS TRAINING

We provide consistent and in-depth training and support to those who are participating in our Micro-Enterprise Program.

STEP THREE: LIFE AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS

We conduct intensive training and one-on-one mentorship with our entrepreneurs and their families in areas of relationship building, business training and leadership skills, household health and nutrition, business investment and impact measurement

STEP FOUR: BUSINESS INVESTMENT

We provide micro loans to individuals / groups who complete business trainings and submit a business plan, equipping these people to successfully launch their new businesses.

STEP FIVE: IMPACT MEASUREMENT

We collect quantitative and qualitative data to monitor and evaluate the impact of our efforts and define the way forward on deploying our resources and directing our efforts. . We use this information to determine the best way to support each person towards autonomy and thus to strengthen change makers and leaders in various communities

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3.Give Back to the Community

This is an activity initiated to be performed on a quotably basis and during which we encourage different people to contribute to the work of Bridge of Hope by making contributions of any kind (material items or monetary) addressing urgent community needs.
The impact of this activity has proven that together we can change communities in a sustainable and time efficient manner.
Join us quotably for Community Change making every first week (Saturday) of the following Months: March / June / September / December.
We gather with entire communities in order to Connect, Inspire and Empower.

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