Her name is Cecile Umunyana a 44-year-old mother of three, two of which are her biological children, lives with her husband and runs a dispensary that operates by the center. She is the founder of the center and tells us the story on how it came to be.
Mrs. Cecile grew up not knowing her father and in a conflicted extended family. The struggles in the family made her go through periods of isolation and faced the feeling of being un wanted. A part of her always felt that no one should live feeling unwanted, no matter how different they are. This made her vow to help anyone in a stigmatized existence.
She got the idea to create an establishment after meeting a malnourished family with a disabled child. The mother was already 8 months pregnant with another baby, Seing the risk of the situation, she took the family to the district offices and wondered if social security will help the child and the family.
The authority then wanted to know if there is a posibility to call a meeting to find others with similar problems, and that's how she started to call the meetings using local authorities and churches. The First meeting had a turnup of 71 parents with disabled children just from Nyamata, Bugesera District.