Tuesday, June 16, 2009

International Day of the African Child

Today, June 16th is International Day of the African Child.  On the anniversary of the 1976 Soweto protests, when thousands of black schoolchildren took to the streets under the South African apartheid regime, the Organization of African Unity (now the African Union) dedicated a day to the honour of these brave actions. It is also a day to fight for the cause of children in trouble: the AIDS orphans, child soldiers and empoverished youth who will inherit the continent.

The Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion in Rwanda honored the day with the following activities, as copied here from the Ministry's website:

-To support the visited orphanage (Noel Nyundo) and the school by offering them a water tank;
-To sensitize people at the grassroots level on the community work day (Umuganda), Saturday, May 27, 2009. Included in the dialogue on the welfare of the child, it is recommended to discuss on the nourishment of the child, family planning, sanitary etc.
-Broadcasts on radio and television which have started on June 10, 2009. In these radio and television broadcasts, topics like vaccination of children, HIV/AIDS testing of children, and the use of clean water will be discussed. At the district level, district and partners are recommended to provide activities that aim at supporting families in need and helping them.

Thank you africainourhearts.blogspot.com for the information above.  It is good to see Rwanda moving in a positive direction!

On a different note, my hubby turned 33 yesterday!  Here he is after dinner and before the scavenger hunt for some fun gifts :). Cannon says he is smiling, we will  have to work on that.

1 comment:

Kelly said...

We are currently in the process of adopting from Rwanda (we just applied)! I have enjoyed reading your blog and wanted you to know that I have started a Twibe on Twitter for anyone who has adopted from Rwanda or is currently in the process. It will serve as a sort of "network" for all those Rwanda adoption families. Feel free to pass the link along to any other families you come across:

Just started a Twibe. Visit http://twibes.com/AdoptingfromRwanda . . . to join!

Blessings to you and yours as you journey down this road~ Kelly