Project goal: Accelerating Deaf youth’s Participation in Disability-Rights Awareness Promotion
On 07th November 2014, RNUD signed the grant agreement for the joint program to strengthen CSO organizations responsive and accountable governance in Rwanda. The project will be for one year period to Accelerate Deaf youth’s Participation in Disability-Rights Awareness Promotion in three districts of Muhanga, Nyanza and Kigali in Rwanda worth 30,000 USD (20, 571,000 RWF).
From 14th – 16th January 2015 we travelled to the three districts of Nyanza, Muhanga, and Kigali in Rwanda, to identify Deaf youths and focused clubs who would attend the training of trainers (TOT) workshop in human rights with a specific focus on PWD rights and responsibilities. 5 Deaf youths representatives (3 males and 2 females) from Nyanza and Muhanga respectively, 15 (8 males and 7 females) from Kigali since it is made up of three districts of Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge and 5 (3 males and 2 female) RNUD Deaf youth committee members we identified, in total 30 Deaf youths. We were also able to meet the Muhanga District Disability Officer to orient her about the project. She assured us of all the necessary support from the district towards the success of this project.
With the central aim of increasing Deaf youth participation in the promotion of the rights of People with Disabilities in three districts of Muhanga, Nyanza and Kigali in Rwanda, RNUD organized a three days TOT from 23rd – 25th January 2015 at Auberge Bel Angle hotel in Kimironko – Kigali, in human rights with a specific focus on PWD rights and responsibilities for Deaf youth selected from those districts namely; 5 (3 Male and 2 Female) from Muhanga and Nyanza respectively & 15 (8 Males and 7 Female) from Kigali given that there are 3 districts within Kigali (Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge) and 5 Deaf youth committee members.
This training is part of a series of activities for this project of accelerating Deaf youth’s participation in Disability-Rights awareness promotion aimed at reaching out to over 200 Deaf youth over a period of one year. The following were the topics covered basic overview of human rights with special focus on PWDs, UNCRPD, Stress Management, Advocacy and Lobbying.
We were also able to hold the first quarterly monitoring meeting on 19th February to review activities for the first quarter and plan for the next quarterly activities. 12 RNUD staff (08 males & 04 females) and 03 board members (01 male & 02 females) attended the meeting. It was held at Auberge Bel Angle hotel in Kimironko – Kigali.