Name of organization:
Social Care Youth Initiative (SCYI)
Description of organization:
SCYI was established in 1989 and currently works across eight districts in Rwanda. The organization was formed by young people with the aim to improve the living standards of disadvantaged communities.
The ‘Youth Interventions for Social Inclusion’ project will directly target around 4000 young pygmies (Batwa), 1000 young Congolese refugees, and 2000 rural youth from the Nyamagabe and Gisagara districts of the southern province of Rwanda. SCYI notes that the lack of representation in governance structures has been a common issue for these historically marginalized communities. The project aims to break the cycle of inferiority and human rights violation experienced by marginalized youth through promoting cultural exchange programs in their communities.
By the end of the project, SCYI expects to:
- Engage community through meetings with 300 local and national partners, trainings of 30 volunteers, and meetings at eight different sites with 7,000 marginalized youth in attendance;
- Form 20 youth clubs for pygmies and rural youth, and conduct a training on cultural and interfaith exchange for 400 members;
- Conduct 24 house-by-house sessions to engage at least 4,800 community members in cultural exchange activities;
- Organize an awareness raising campaign, targeting 7,000 youth through reading materials, banners and posters, and potentially reaching out to 14,000 indirect beneficiaries;
- Conduct 64 cultural exchange sessions/campaigns for 7000 youth through theatre performances;
- Establish a coalition of ten NGOs for intercultural dialogue;
- Increase awareness on the issue, targeting ten media networks and religious councils on key issues related to youth; and
- Conduct six regional civil society meetings for 150 participants on issues related to young pygmies and rural youth.
Jean Pierre Imanishimwe