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Thursday, 14 September, 2017

Students given glimpse into Isange One Stop Center service on child protection

Students of Groupe Scolaire de Kacyiru visited Isange One Stop Center at Kacyiru hospital on September 12, where they were tutored on the services offered by the center, especially on child protection.

At the center, the students were received by its coordinator, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Jeanne Mukandahiro, who gave them an insight into the idea behind its establishment, and services offered.

“We do a lot of things to ensure that a victim of child abuse or gender based violence gets all the required services. We give them medical services through which we also get evidence to strengthen the judicial process against the culprit, and give them counseling to ensure that a victim is fully rehabilitated and gets justice,” CIP Mukandahiro told the students.

Isange, which started in 2009 as a pilot project, offers free psycho-socio, medical, legal and counseling services to victims of GBV and child abuse.

 “Young people like students, need to understand that these services exist at no cost, and to stand up for their rights,” she added.

One of the students, Diane Ingabire, said: “This center gives hope to the victims of violence and a model used to reach out to the victims, offer them legal and medical assistance is very impressive.”

Another student, Emmanuel Sibomana said: “We have learnt that fighting violence is a role of everyone especially us the youth. We should lead by breaking the silence on child abuse and Gender Based Violence.”

Sosthene Nsanzimana, who headed the students at the center, also thanked the officers that run the daily activities of the center and said that the school will consider bringing more students to visit and to learn.

Isange, loosely translated as ‘feel at home’, was established with the support of Imbuto Foundation. It is run by Rwanda National Police (RNP) in partnership with the ministries of Health, and Gender and Family Promotion, among other partners.

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