Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program
AFTCS/TDRP team visit ex-combatant projects in Rwanda, met with RDRC
December 11th, 2013
AFTCS/TDRP team visit ex-combatant projects in Rwanda, met with RDRC

As part of a support mission to the Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (RDRC), a team from the TDRP and AFTCS held meetings with the RDRC in Kigali and visited a number of RDRC project sites in Rwanda’s Southern Province.

The meeting in Kigali focused on follow-up of activities under the socioeconomic reintegration component of Rwanda’s Demobilization and Reintegration Program and was attended by staff from the RDRC headquarters and provincial reintegration officers representing the Southern, Northern and Western Provinces of the country. The participants discussed challenges confronting the project, exchanged ideas and explored solutions during the mini workshop.

AFTCS/TDRP team visit ex-combatant projects in Rwanda, met with RDRC

The AFTCS/TDRP team also visited a number of RDRC assisted ex-combatant cooperative and private entrepreneurial projects in the Ruhango District in Southern Province. These projects, now 10 years old, have been successful in terms of providing primary and secondary sources of income for both ex-combatants and non-combatants who have joined cooperatives and their families. In addition, the team visited a housing estate that was built by the Government of Rwanda for severely disabled ex-combatants, onto which, with the assistance of the RDRC a production workshop, retail units, and a recreational center were being constructed. These will benefit not only the disabled ex-combatants and their families, but their neighbors as well.

Through the Second Emergency Demobilization and Reintegration Project, the RDRC has provided formal education, psychosocial support and community sensitization to social reintegration the ex-combatants into the community. Vulnerable groups such as widows and the disabled have received housing support. Economic reintegration activities implemented in this project covers reintegration kits, vocational training, job placement and support to cooperatives. The social and economic support for child ex-combatants is provided apart in the Child Rehabilitation Center, where civic education, literacy and numeric training, sports, and HIV/AIDS testing are provided. The children can also opt for formal education or skills training after graduating from the rehabilitation center. Since 2009, the Second Emergency Demobilization and Reintegration Project has supported the demobilization and reintegration of 8,056 adult ex-combatants and 240 child soldiers.

 

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