This was announced on Thursday, 28th November at the inauguration of the new Shyembe early child development center in Gihango sector. The center will support 4680 families through improved dietary practices.
This center was built by South Korean investors in partnership with World Vision.
Ndizihiwe Emeline, a resident of Rutsiro District expressed her gratitude saying that this center will help care and supervise children during the day and that it comes as a solution especially for disadvantaged families in Shyembe who had to walk for four hours before to Murunda Hospital whenever their children were sick.
“Our children spent the day wandering in the neighborhood with no supervision at all. This center will care for them and provide them a better diet every day. It also saves us the time we spent walking to Murunda Hospital whenever our children fell sick.”
The Ambassador of South Korea to Rwanda, Kim Eung-Joong says that caring for children is building a strong foundation for the future of the country.
He promised that South Korea will continue to support Rwandans in every way possible.
“The benefits of caring and supervising the growth of children include the certainty of a better future for the country. I am convinced this center will contribute to a healthy community.”
Rutsiro District Mayor, Ayinkamiye Emmerance says that the district is facing a high prevalence of stunting in children and that they aim at uprooting it through early child development centers.
“Our district still has a huge problem of children stunting counting 49% of malnourished children as part of the 38% recorded countrywide. We aim at changing these statistics and plan on establishing early child development centers in every sector as a solution to malnutrition and stunting”
Currently, Rutsiro district counts 10 early child development centers where children stay during the day and where they are educated and offered healthy diets.
There are also 1134-day care centers that also offer early child development services.
The National Early Childhood Development Program (NECDP) predicts that by 2024, every sector in Rwanda will have at least one Early Child Development Center as Rwanda transitions towards malnutrition and stunting-free generation.