GITEGA July 27th (ABP) – The governor of Gitega province, Mr. Venant Manirambona, has recommended to parents, low-level administrative officials and the population of Gitega province (center of the country), each in his concerned, to get actively involved in the family and social reintegration of street children returned to their fold from the rehabilitation center located in the Songa district, in Gitega commune and province.
Governor Manirambona delivered these remarks on July 25, 2022, during the launch of the family reintegration operation. Forty-three in number, these children had just spent nine months in the above-mentioned center where they learned certain social reintegration trades such as making bread or donuts and soap.
The provincial authority urged these children to capitalize on these teachings, specifying that the key to their life is found in the family and at school. Street life leads to ruin. To the parents, he asked them to take the education of their offspring into their own hands.
To the administrative officials, he let it be known that he entrusts these children to them, by doing their regular follow-up to preserve them from returning to evil.
As for the children, he advised them to obey their parents, go back to school and get down to development work. Mr. Manirambona wished them a safe return to their respective families and every success in their future. This launch began with a staff of 15 children from the communes of Gitega (10), Bugendana (3), Nyarusange (1) and Mutaho (1).
A reintegration kit consisting of 10 kilos of rice, 10 kilos of maize flour, 10 kilos of beans and 10 liters of palm oil were given to them by IRC, a non-governmental organization campaigning for children’s rights.
To the host family, the head of the IRC (International Rescue community) has indicated that an amount of two hundred thousand will be granted to them in order to grow them for the care of the children in question. The reintegration of street children has been entrusted to the Humura Kibondo project, working in Gitega.