Umuhuza envisions a society in which communities live in harmony, mutual respect and dignity.
Mutual Respect, Honesty and Integrity, Justice, Solidarity and Commitment
-To instil a culture of peace and conﬂict management capability within the
-To promote mutual respect, justice, social and economic equity.
-To revive the positive traditional values of our culture regarding conﬂict management, -To break the conﬂict circle by creating an environment of active listening and counselling to the victims of conﬂicts; -To participate in the national eﬀort to strengthen social cohesion by promoting the education and the culture of open dialogue within diﬀerent communities.
International NGOs: Save the Children, EDC/ L3 Creators of Peace, Mustardseed charity, CRS
Faith organizations: ADPER, EAR, Catholic church.
Umuhuza has developed a ﬁve-year strategic plan with four main programatic areas, which also include Gender and Economic Cross-cutting Sub-Strategies : Peace Education, Family Literacy, Community Economic Empowerment, and Organizational Development. All programs are in alignment with Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs), the National Vision 2020 and Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy II (EDPRS II).
Umuhuza sees Early Childhood Development (ECD) as a very clear way to build a safer and more peaceful community. Our focus on ECD is giving children the opportunity to have the best start in life to achieve their fullest potential. We highlight the absolute need for families to care for their children, especially during the ﬁrst six years of their lives. Umuhuza is also engaged in the promotion of a culture of reading which aims to create within communities, opportunities to practice and enjoy reading. More than 3,270 parents have been empowered to support their children at an early age by reading to their children aged 0 to 6 years and teaching them to read. To facilitate families to access to the ECD services, Umuhuza established 34 sites with 19,170 age-appropriate books and 1,541 toys in villages.
2. Literacy Boost / Community Action
Since 2013 Umuhuza, in conjunction with Save the Children Intl., has been implementing Literacy Boost “Community Action." Umuhuza mobilizes community around reading activities and improving the culture of reading by training youth volunteers from Urugerero (national service) and community members to manage community Book Banks and to conduct weekly Reading Clubs with children from P1 to P3. Currently 10,719 parents (3,814 men & 6,905 women) have graduated from the program. 226 Reading Clubs were established in the community led by 452 trained community volunteers; 21,854 children's books appropriate to P1 to P3 levels have been placed in the children's Reading Clubs; 10,378 children (4,797 boys and 5,582 girls) beneﬁted by learning reading skills with accessibility of books after school; 300 youth Urugerero (national service) were trained and supported in reading activities within their respective communities.
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Umuhuza is audited on an annual basis by RUMA CPA.