On June 16, 2021, SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda joined the Government of Rwanda and the African Union Member States to mark the Day of the African Child under the theme: “Isibo, as a pivot to the child development / “Isibo, Igicumbi cy’Imikurire Myiza y’Umwana”.
The celebrations were held in presence of the Permanent Secretary of MIGEPROF Assumpta Ingabire, the Governor of Southern Province Alice Kayitesi, Mayor of Nyamagabe Bonaventure Uwamahoro and SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda National Director Jean Bosco Kwizera at the Isibo Ubutwari, in Mukungu Cell, Kitabi Sector, Nyamagabe District, Southern Province of Rwanda.
The district of Nyamagabe in collaboration with SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda’s financial support organized a growth monitoring session and cooking demonstration for 25 children and their parents during the celebrations.
SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda also supported the community who attended the event with provision of food to support their children’s nutrition. 150 kg rice, 150 kg of sugar, 300 kg of fortified porridge, 360 500 ml milk packs, 60 soap bars and 3 matts were distributed.
Dring the event, SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda National Director sensitized the attending community in an interactive way about the importance of nutrition for good health and development during children’s early years of life. “Preparing healthy food for our children doesn’t require much costs, because there are foods grown at the household. Before selling eggs and vegetables, we should first make sure our children consume them first,” he explained.
“Child development includes good health and early learning. Working together on this will help us fighting malnutrition in all its forms which hampers the development of our children. Parents however play a critical role in the child’s nutrition”. He added that SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda will continue to work with Local Government entities to improve the wellbeing of children from vulnerable families.
The Governor of Southern Province Alice Kayitesi, has encouraged parents to feed their children with the foods they grow themselves to eradicate malnutrition which also causes stunting in young children. “In our families, we often already have vegetables, eggs and milk. These foods are rich in vitamins and proteins that are vital to a child’s growth,” she explained.
The Governor of the Southern Province thanked SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda for being a reliable partner in supporting vulnerable children.