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Child Protection

Every child has a right to play, develop, and be heard. Journey House Actions’ (JHA’s) Child Protection Program strives to reduce child abuse in the community and protect the safety of Rwandan children. JHA efforts include:

  • “Seeds of Love” homes for boys and girls experiencing homelessness,
  • Advocacy for child protection,
  • Village dialogue sessions that educate community members about the negative consequences for children when parents separate,
  • Educational programs to reduce child abuse and child labor, and
  • Implementing better agricultural methods to ensure food security and better food nutrient intake to fight childhood malnutrition.

“Seeds of Love” Homes

JHA rents two homes that house between 32 and 50 boys and between 16 and 30 girls who were experiencing homelessness on the streets of Gashora. Many of these young children were abandoned by their parents for various reasons and left to fend for themselves on the streets, often sleeping in boxes. Many of the children went two or three days without eating and were exposed to violence and abuse. The JHA “Seeds of Love” homes provide a safe haven to these young children who are then enrolled in school and / or in one of JHA’s workforce development programs.

The children are deeply grateful to sleep on a bed and have food to eat, even if they sleep three or four to a bed. The homes create a real sense of “family” for these young children. The children are provided with clothing and given responsibilities for maintaining their homes and appearances.

AFJHAR is funding the construction and equipping of new and separate boys’ and girls’ dormitories that will house at least 36 homeless girls and boys, respectively.  Construction will be completed in 2023.  These new dormitories will provide much improved living and sleeping space for the children.  JHA will no longer need to rent houses for the children.

JHA’s goal is to build, own and operate their own “Seeds of Love” dormitories that will house at least 36 girls & 36 boys, respectively.  

“My parents were very poor and unable to support me … As a result, I ended up homeless … a gentleman named, Papy … introduced me to Journey House Actions Rwanda. Journey House Actions taught me how to work hard. Because of love, Journey House saved me from the streets.”

Mbarushimana Justine

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