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    and well-being of disabled children.
    Through better nutrition, massage therapy, and medical care.
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    Education
    working with local centers providing special education.
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    for the children
    Raising awareness of their rights and providing play activities for disabled children

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About

AVEH Umurerwa

AVEH Umurerwa was founded when members of the local community became aware of the lack of provision for disabled children in the area. 

130
Children Cared For
67
Families Supported
78
Individuals Trained
137
Patients Treated
Our

Activities

Without education or information, many parents do not know how to care for their disabled child and they are often restrained and physically tied up inside their houses for long periods. 

Offering short-term residential and on-going day care to disabled children in the area

Offering short-term residential and on-going day care to disabled children in the area

Providing transportation to health centers & ensuring children access to required long-term drugs.

Providing transportation to health centers & ensuring children access to required long-term drugs.

Training families, neighbors and the wider community how to care for children with disabilities. 

Training families, neighbors and the wider community how to care for children with disabilities. 

Because the Heart is Able

A through introduction to Aveh Umurerwa! - Source: FEEL magazine. Story by: Salma Peter

Our

Aim

Advocacy and awareness-raising about the rights of disabled children to local community groups, educators and district authorities in the Bugesera district.

About Cecile Umunyana

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.

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