Parents who have children supported by Caritas Rwanda through the USAID Gimbuka project testify that the support of school materials for their children is not only for the benefit of the children but also for the whole family.
Gimbuka, is a USAID-funded project implemented by Caritas Rwanda, under the USAID-Caritas Rwanda Cooperative Agreement since 2012. The project is in its third phase (2020-2022), with a particular focus on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) infected and affected by HIV/AIDS or victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV).
Bangamwabo Jean Bosco, a resident of Rubavu district, Rubavu sector, has 8 children studying, three of whom are sponsored by the Caritas Rwanda/USAID Gimbuka project. He says that when they first received school materials in 2020, he immediately noticed a change at home. Since he was only sharing what little materials he could find with the children, there was no more shortage because he only had to provide for five children instead of eight.
"Before I used to worry about school materials, food and other household necessities, some were missing, but now I struggle with getting materials of five children and find it easier than before, also feeding them is no longer a big problem as before. "
Consolée Nyiramana, a resident of Shangi sector in Nyamasheke district, says that if her child had not received assistance from the USAID Gimbuka project, he would be at home today without going to school because she could not afford school materials.
The mother says that her son is currently in grade one at the age of 11, because she could not put him in school at the age of 7 like everyone else due to financial problems. Today, she says she is very happy because at least she will be able to look for her food without worrying about adding school materials.
Gasana Athanase from Rutsiro district, Boneza sector, who has three children helped by the USAID Gimbuka project, said they were very happy that the children received school materials, it was difficult to get them usually.
Gasana said, "Sometimes I would send one child to school at the beginning of the school year, and the others would be a week late while I was looking for materials, and at the same time getting food was a big problem, especially during the beginning of the school year. But now it's easier for me, when they get the materials, they start on time, and I just worry about the rest.
Anitha Muragijimana is a 17-year-old high school student who aspires to become a doctor or teacher after graduation. She says that none of this would have been possible, if she had not had the opportunity to be supported by the USAID/Gimbuka project, which provided her with school materials.
"My mother couldn't find school materials for me and also feed me and my two sisters, so if it wasn't for Caritas through the USAID/Gimbuka project, I wouldn't be studying or dreaming about what I want to do later. "
At the beginning of this academic year, 2021-2022, the number of students provided by the Caritas Rwanda / USAID GIMBUKA project is 32,521, from five districts of Western Province (RUBAVU, RUTSIRO, KARONGI, NYAMASHEKE and RUSIZI) where it operates.