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UNICEF provides cars to strengthen services for street children in Rwanda

KIGALI, RWANDA, 22 October, 2009 - UNICEF today provided two jeeps to FIDESCO to facilitate the re-integration of street children in their homes.

“Since 2006, FIDESCO has enabled 524 children to return home,” said the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Aurelien Agbénonci.”The United Nations remains committed to working with the Government of Rwanda and agencies like FIDESCO to realise children’s rights. These jeeps will ensure that those children who return home and re-integrated by FIDESCO staff are continually monitored and supervised,” he added.

These are no recent data on the number of children who live or work on the street of Rwanda. The last estimate in 2000 put the figure in the thousands. This is why UNICEF is supporting the government of Rwanda to conduct research on the situation of children who work or live in the streets.

UNICEF and Fidesco have been working together since 2006 to facilitate the reintegration of children living or working on the streets, while also ensuring that those that are temporarily housed at Fideso receive medical care, counselling, a safe haven and continuing education and skills until they are re-integrated.

Rwanda ratified the convention on the rights of the child in 1990. In November, the country will hold its fifth annual children’s summit, with the support of UNICEF .This summit will bring together over 400 elected children’s representatives from all 30 districts of the nation to voice their concerns about violence against children. Children who live away from their homes will also participate in summit discusssions and help formulate recommendations to the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion on how to eradicate genocide ideologies from schools and communities.

For more information please contact:
Misbah M.Sheikh, chief of Communication, Tel + 250788300731,
Email: msheikh@unicef.org

Cyriaque Ngoboka, Communication Specialist, Tel + 250788305221,
Email: cngoboka@unicef.org




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