Case Studies

A girl aged 16: “I joined SACCA in 2008 from the streets of Kayonza town. I have never gone to school because I have no parents. I am happy with SACCA because it took me back to school and I am now in Senior One.  Education is helping so much since I can read and write and so I now understand my rights as a young girl.  Education also has helped me in developing my musical talents. Once I complete University, I hope to earn money for myself so I can live independently and will help me financially support my relatives. In the future, I want to join SACCA to assist Street children both financially and by advocating for them so that never again are there street children.”

A girl aged 16:  “I joined SACCA in 2015, when I was working as a house girl.  I had dropped school while in Primary 5 because my parents could not provide with me the basic needs.  The authorities nearby took me to SACCA and I went back to school and I am now in Senior Two (I have made progress of three years). Education is important in my life because it has let me know how to communicate with different people and helped me forgive my parents who had neglected me, understand the rights of children especially girls, have hope compared to previous times, has brought discipline to my life, understand problems of street children, associate with fellow children at school, appreciate the good done to me, become more humane and develop the spirit of living independently, rather than dependently.”

A girl aged 14:  “I joined SACCA in 2013 from the streets in Kigali. I had never gone to school because I found myself an orphan and so I remained with my grandmother who could not afford my needs.  I decided to join street life searching for survival and was picked by Catholic nuns for 2 days who took me to SACCA. I am happy with SACCA because I go to school and I am now in Primary 5.  Education is helping me in very many ways. I can now read and write my name and can communicate with other girls in the centre, other children at school, with my matron, with SACCA volunteers and visitors. I now understand children’ rights, love school, love my relatives though they didn’t care for me, understand the meaning of hygiene and sanitation (not eating everything I come across), am becoming more disciplined, understand the problems of other street children. In the future, I want to finish my studies up to the level of university in Medicine, and I now understand the importance of reintegration of children from centres into families/relatives/guardians.”

A girl aged 12: “I joined SACCA in 2013 from the streets in Kigali. I dropped school while in Primary 2 because my mother died and my father was in prison.  I was brought to SACCA by catholic nuns and SACCA took me back to school. I have sat the Primary Living Examination (P6).   Education has made me a bright girl to the extent that I have hope for survival. I was a very difficult girl, but today I am disciplined, I understand the value of being a girl, can understand the problems of other street children, can associate with different people of different cultures, and I feel that I can live independently when I am reintegrated.”

A girl aged 15: “I joined SACCA in 2015 from the streets of Kayonza while in Primary 3. I came to SACCA by myself because I did not have anybody to care for me at home. I am happy with SACCA because it took me back to school to continue my studies. Education has meaning in my life because it helped me improve my English and how to communicate with other people who come to SACCA. I am able to read and write to my friends and I have hope to get a job after my studies. I explore different places through school trips and I am improving my talents in dancing and life skills, like moral values.  I understand the importance of establishing such centres where street children are taken in for medical care.”   

A boy aged 17: “I dropped school while in Primary 3 and I joined street life because my parents died. I was picked from the streets of Kayonza by police men and taken to SACCA.  I thank SACCA because it took me back to school and I am now in Primary 6. Today, education has helped me in reading and writing to my friends, speaking English, and being able to communicate with other people. Through education, I can think much better and because of my newfound discipline, I will never take drugs again. SACCA has given me the scholastic materials needed to progress in my education.  Education has helped me learn to love my relatives because I did not love them. Before coming to SACCA there was no hope in me but now because of the education SACCA has given me, I have hope for my future.”   

A woman aged 20: “I am now in Culinary Art and Stryde training at SACCA. I come from one of the vulnerable families. I dropped out of school because of these difficult circumstances. As a result, I became pregnant and I now have two children. I am thankful to SACCA for recruiting me and I have hope of acquiring knowledge and skills that will enable me to earn money, to help provide for my children. In just a few months, vocational training has made me committed to work hard to fight vulnerability as a young woman. I will advocate for other vulnerable young women.”

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