Reduction of HIV/AIDS and early pregnancies
an orphanage implements family planning
Our project partner Center Marembo in Kigali, with whom we trained 14 Rain Workers, has become independent!
As part of the “Strenghtening Civil Society Organizations” (CSOs) framework program, the Rwandan government has made the funds available to the center for the following project: “I value my dignity: Reducing early / teen pregnancies through direct fertility awareness and sexual reproductive health education amongst youth and adolescents in Kigali ”.
We congratulate the Center Marembo and wish our Rain Workers all the best!
The Centre Marembo, originally developed as an orphanage, is more than ever a contact point for single mothers with their children who receive medical care, accommodation and training here. There are also around 50 HIV-infected children and girls living in the house, who had a child far too early and consequently ended up on the street. In order to provide the children with social and medical help, a clinic was connected to the center, in which our rain workers are active.
In 2009 Aktion Regen trained her first Rain Worker in Rwanda. We returned 10 years later. In September 2018, an advanced workshop was held in the Imirasire Youth Clinic in Karubibi Village, which was led by the head of the Center Marembo. All 14 participants were able to get certified, started their outreach activities and are involved in the state program of so-called “community development”.
It´s not easy for the youth to express their views about sexual health. This is a result of cultural barriers that we have to brake!
A Rain Worker writes: “Our main task is to reduce or prevent early pregnancies and HIV / AIDS infections”. A major concern of Aktion Regen is to help people to help themselves: In collaboration with women from the surrounding villages, the birth control chains are handcrafted at the Center Marembo. According to the motto “learning by doing”, awareness about fertile and sterile days becomes a matter of course for people with little chance of education.
Knowledge takes away fear