In 2013, Her Excellency Jeannette Kagame launched the Early Childhood Development and Family (ECD&F) programme, as a means to support the holistic development of children aged 0 – 6 years old.
The goal of the programme is to ensure that children are intellectually stimulated, healthy and safe, while their families and communities are trained to become nurturing caregivers.
The ECD&F programme is implemented in the following approaches:
• ECD centres (4 – 6 year olds).
• Home-based services (0 – 3 years old).
• Home-visits (0 – 6 years old).
• Training parents on Income Generating Activities (IGAs).
Imbuto offers the ECD programme in 10 districts: Gasabo, Nyarugenge, Gakenke, Nyamagabe, Nyabihu, Nyamasheke, Kayonza, Rwamagana, Ngoma, and Gicumbi.
Launched in 2010, the Reading Day Campaign was a project piloted by Imbuto Foundation. It has since become a recurring campaign themed “Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader” with around 4 annual Reading Day events in which Imbuto Foundation develops media and promotional campaigns to raise awareness among children, parents and teachers on the importance of reading.
This initiative works with parents and teachers by equipping them with knowledge on how to create love for reading among their children and students, while also acquiring writing skills. The campaign also involves reading competitions and rewards the best performers.
In 2005, under the leadership of the First Lady Jeannette Kagame, Imbuto Foundation launched the Promotion of Girls’ Education Campaign (PGEC). The campaign rewards Inkubito z’Icyeza or Best Performing Girls (BPGs) in different school cycles from around the nation.
Since its launch, over 4,000 girls have been rewarded for their academic excellence, with scholastic materials and Information and Technology (IT) basic skills training.
The scholarship programme was initiated in 2003 with an objective to financially support secondary school students from economically vulnerable backgrounds in their pursuit of education.
Beneficiaries of this programme receive assistance of up to $300 per year, to help pay for their living costs, health insurance and their school supplies. Each year, through a holiday camp, the scholars are equipped with health and socio economic knowledge, to prepare them for their professional and personal well-being.
Since its launch, more than 6,000 secondary students have been awarded scholarships.
Launched in 2012, the Kacyiru Community Knowledge Centre project (KCKC) organises trainings to empower the community with various information and communications (ICT) skills.
The centre is equipped in such a way that it can be used as a library, but also as a for-profit internet café providing ICT services to the public, while using earned revenues for diverse community projects.