A closer look at a project: SOS Children’s Villages

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 12:00 AM by Close The Gap

During the summer months, Close the Gap will send 50 computers and one multifunctional printer to the technical school of SOS Children’s Villages in Kigali, Rwanda.

SOS Children's Villages is active in 133 countries and territories. They build families for children in need. They help them shape their own futures and share in the development of their communities.

Rwanda is still recovering from the mass killings that deeply shattered the African nation in 1994. In recent years, many human development figures, including the infant mortality rate, have noticeably improved. However, a number of challenges still remain. SOS Children’s Villages aims to help the Rwandan children and young adults to grow up in a safe environment and lead dignified lives.

Close the Gap’s computers will be installed in the SOS Children’s Village located in Kacyiru, close to the Kigali city centre. This children’s village has a school that welcomes 214 youngsters from a difficult socio-economic background. It offers three years of vocational training in informatics, electricity, carpentry and accountancy to young people between the ages of 17 and 21.

"In 2005 we had our first computers installed in two labs. All students have access to the computers, but the main access is given to the 90 students in informatics. You can imagine that, after seven years, the computers are no longer in good shape. That’s why Close the Gap is sending us 50 computers and one printer. It is important for our youngsters to be able to work on well-functioning ICT equipment. In the society of today, being able to use a computer is a must in order to pursue university studies and ultimately perform on the job market. I would like my youngsters to master ICT skills in order to be equipped as well as possible to start their professional careers." - Mr. Alfred Munyentwari, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda.