The Izere Center (Hope Center) and ATFT Foundation Africa, Nyinawimana Parish, Byumba, Rwanda are Bringing Hope, Reconciliation & Peace to the People of Rwanda
After the war and the genocide of 1994, the Byumba Diocese was facing an overwhelming number of challenges.
The problems that were commonly encountered included extreme poverty, trauma, huge numbers of widows, orphans, disabled people, and the survivors, who had totally lost hope in their future.
The statistics for the Izere Center in Nyina~na Parish to date show the parish has more than
- 3100 children have lost one parent
- 160 HIV orphans. *61 of these children live today with HIV/AIDS.
- 850 children who have lost both parents.
- 372 physically handicapped people. *125 are children.
- 1651 widows.
The large majority suffer from trauma, guilt, and anxiety. Some of the orphans live with their elderly grandparents or within other neighboring families. A large number of them are actually serving as heads of their families.
In order to provide assistance, Nyinawimana Parish has initiated The IZERE CENTER (The Hope Center for Counseling). The Center has many community-based programs like nutritional education, facilitating in the education of disabled children, peace building, conflict prevention, resolution and anger management.
There is a TFT center manned by a trained Rwandan therapist that treats clients Monday through Friday, mornings and afternoons. The people who come to the center include widows, orphans, disabled individuals, people suffering from HIV/AIDS and survivors of the Rwandan genocide living with different kinds of problems.