The Center CECYDAR/FIDESCO RWANDA was founded in 1992 by a Rwandan couple, CypriaÂ and Daphrose RUGAMBA. The Center has welcomed childrenÂ from very disadvantaged backgrounds.
When childrenÂ arrive at the Center, they enter a process ofÂ physical and psychological rehabilitation, as well as an intellectual and spiritualÂ one. The goal is to heal the whole child and ultimately reunite them with their families,Â whenever possible. As soon as the home and family situation permits, children are reunited withÂ family and reintegrated into their community.
The more than twenty years of experience in the field have provided the CenterÂ with real expertise in the rehabilitation of children.Â The centerÂ is truly an expert organization in the successful reintegration of these children into their families andÂ communities. It now has an effective, proven methodology, which has helped many children return toÂ their families and to education.
CECYDAR/FIDESCO RWANDA is convinced that the most natural and ideal living environmentÂ for a child is always his or her family. The Center seeks to reintegrate the child as soon as possibleÂ in a family environment (nuclear family, extended family or foster family). This reunification isÂ accompanied by certain measures aimed at improving the economic situation of the family. AfterÂ reunification, the Center monitors the short, medium and long term needs of the child.Â The Center can accommodate up to 50 children at a time. The average stay for a child lasts 3 to 6 months.
While living in the Center CECYDAR/FIDESCO RWANDA, children have the opportunity toÂ participate in the One Laptop per Child Program. Through an Open OLPC Learning roomÂ known as the â€œOLPC Cornerâ€, children have the opportunity to participate in three weekÂ camps. This is often the first time many of these children have attended school. DuringÂ these camps, children have the opportunity to acquire “Knowledge by OLPC” by theÂ use ofÂ OLPC laptops as they explore theÂ learning process.
Participating children have the opportunity to learn to read, write stories, play educationalÂ games such as typing Tuttle, memorize, maze and dare, using the OLPC laptops. OtherÂ students have the opportunity to learn simple programming languages, including ScratchÂ and Turtle Art. Celestine Ngarambe, of OLPC, is in charge of leading the children in theirÂ educational journeys. She assesses each child to ascertain his or her educational level andÂ guides them as they learn to use the OLPC laptops.