During a recent trip to Rwanda, Christine Lagarde, Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), came to visit the ‘Cyprien and Daphrose Rugamba Centre’ in Kigali.
This is a Fidesco project. For more than 20 years the Centre has received street children from Kigali in order to reintegrate them into society and into their families. These children are not meant to stay more than six months at the Centre. They go through a period of welcome and of being listened to, and then follow a rapid rehabilitation program (counseling, personal development and being brought up to their educational level, etc.). The Head of the IMF was able to visit the Centre and meet the children and the staff accompanying them. She also met the two volunteers sent by Fidesco to serve two years on the project.
During her visit, Christine Lagarde stressed how important it was for her to visit both the rich and those who are very poor, Heads of State and Ministers as much as much as street children. She wished to express her ‘admiration for what the Centre does for those around it’ by a generous donation’.
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