Burundian children in Mahama refugee camp celebrates Girl child day

Burundian children in Mahama refugee camp celebrates Girl child day

The Minister of Disaster Management and refugee affairs (Midimar), Seraphine Mukantabana has hailed Plan international for supporting the Rwandan government in child protection activities in refugee camps and tasked the organization to create more programs that will keep refugee child safe with a smile.

In 2015, Plan International Rwanda signed a memorandum of understanding with the Midimar on refugee child protection program, in which the minister tasked the organization to ensure three things- to keep the children busy, zero tolerance to abuse, and no drowning in lakes.

During an Emergency Response learning and sharing workshop on the refugee child protection program in Rwanda held in Kigali this Wednesday, the minister stated all these requests were implemented at 100 percent.

“The government is proud of Plan International’s contribution and we have seen a lot of improvement in lives of refugee children, with no incidences. But I would like you to task you to ensure that these children have a smile, engaging parents to protect the children, and create more programs which will impact on their lives” Mukantabana asked of Plan international.

The UN refugee Agency deputy representative, Mathew Crentsil said that the success of the child protection programme has heavily been possible as a result of the collaborative leadership in the Rwandan government.

“All this wouldn’t be possible if it was not for the good leadership. In other UN refugee programmes we face difficulties from government officials but it not the case in Rwanda. This should be a chance for us to put on our gears to go and help these refugee children with no reservation” Crentsil said.

Participants at the workshop asked for more intervention programs in gender based violence, more coordination and that the learning and sharing program be extended to other organizations working with refugees.

The Plan International Rwanda Country Representative, Marie Gladys Guerrier Archange said that learning and sharing workshop was fruitful and the feedback would help the organization to improve its outreach programs.

“We seek feedback from donors and partners in order to improve current responses and develop ways forward towards a more prepared disaster response mechanism” Archange said at the end of the workshop.

In 2015, Plan International Rwanda scaled up its emergency program to respond to the influx of Burundian refugees in Rwanda, after it was chosen as a preferred partner of UNHCR to implement child protection and SGBV interventions in Nyanza, Bugesera, Mahama camp and in Kigali.

 

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