A DONATION THAT MOVED TEARS!

A DONATION THAT MOVED OURTEARS!

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A  DONATION THAT MOVED TEARS!

Right as you enter NOUSPR offices you are welcomed by an effigy of a woman whose right hand is holding the chest of a person and her left hand is gently placed on his shoulder expressing the comfort- giving of a troubled person. You will no doubt spend some minutes admiring it before you say hello to anybody around there because it is an admirable figure!

When Dr.  William Kayamba, a professor and head of Arts department in the Christian University Mukono visited NOUSPR and saw how members with psychosocial disability are frequenting the office and how the staff is devoted to render any possible support to them; he went back home and come back with an idea of constructing the figure.

as tears of Joy were rolling over chicks of on lookers, on its handing over the picture  to NOUSPR Dr. William said: ‘’I led with interest the mission and vision of NOUSPR and its literature everywhere in the office, I got time to interact with the staff and I saw how you the clients (people with psychosocial disability) enjoy staying at NOUSPR, I got the impression that NOUSPR must be worthy of a home for people with psychosocial disabilities where they are treated with respect and dignity, this makes them feels at home and hopeful for tomorrow. I was challenged to see the people who many regard as hopeless and non producing exhibiting confidence and hope for a better life. I keep thinking how the message can be accessible to all and be spread wide and far in a pictorial way’’ stated Dr. William as he was handing over the Statuette to the NOUSPR Executive Director Mr. BADEGE Sam.

We wish to express our Gratitude to all people who appreciate our work and respond in such refreshing way, we pledge to commit to the work that promotes and protects people with psychosocial disability here and everywhere else on the globe.

 

Thank you Dr. William.

How our members are living in their particular groups

NOUSPR is very concerned with the welfare and development of its members and does it through developing guidelines and strategies and disseminate them to its group members and follow up to see the progress through conducting field visits. So, this is how a delegation from NOUSPR office comprised of John Tugume Field Officer, Winnie Tumwine the Project Officer and Cindy Casedy the international Volunteer in Mental Health Issues visited one of NOUSPR’s group member called TWISUNGANE-BUNGYE in Nyaruguru district, Southern province.

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The main objective of the visit was to protect and promote the human rights of people with psychosocial disability and among other objectives of the field visit was to sensitize people with psychosocial disability about their right to property and the right to sustainable independent life. Cindy Casedy who is a professional psychologist assesses the mental health issues/challenges that may impede the group’s progress, John translates and makes a report and Winnie takes care of logistics. Members are actively involved in the VSL (savings and lending money program) and this creates strong bond of the group members and also encourage them to have a saving culture.

 

 

Street kids getting to know how to read and write;

WP_20170113_16_07_20_Pro In an event that was organized by NOUSPR and took place at NOUSPR office in Kabeza, a Kigali suburb in the first week of January 2017, over 360 exercise books, pens and other gifts including magazines, foot balls, music equipment and colors for children were given to the street kids that are supported by NOUSPR through its self, help groups. NOUSPR donated a consignment of books and other materials to street kids following a six month drive aimed at empowering them to improve their writing and reading skills.
NOUSPR have in belief that helping vulnerable kids would inspire them to aspire for a good future. It is believed that by reading the street kids will gain knowledge for future use, most of the kids are still at this tender age
WP_20170113_16_07_47_ProNOUSPR have also been inspiring the street kids to discover their talents, there are some who are interested in foot ball, others in music and comedy, we believe that if we leave them a chance to dream, they will strive and yearn to be like authors or heroes they used to read about,” she said.
NOUSPR hopes to keep facilitating rehabilitation of street children through dance, music computer classes, while improving literacy through reading and writing complementing to the plan of the Government of Rwanda which is to increase literacy among all the Rwandans.

In an event that was organized by NOUSPR and took place at NOUSPR office in Kabeza, a Kigali suburb in the first week of January 2017, over 360 exercise books, pens and other gifts including magazines, foot balls, music equipment and colors for children were given to the street kids that are supported by NOUSPR through its self, help groups. NOUSPR donated a consignment of books and other materials to street kids following a six month drive aimed at empowering them to improve their writing and reading skills.
NOUSPR have in belief that helping vulnerable kids would inspire them to aspire for a good future. It is believed that by reading the street kids will gain knowledge for future use, most of the kids are still at this tender age
‘’Street kids need a helping hand while still at a tender age, for they will be able to manage themselves in future.’’ Mr. BADEGE said on this event. Besides giving those books and other writing materials, NOUSPR is also planning to keep organizing writing and reading competitions like after which the best stories for the street kids are rewarded at the group and individual levels, and will look for a magazine to publish their stories far and wide. NOUSPR hopes that reading fantasy tales will help children’s imagination to grow so that they can dream big.

NOUSPR have also been inspiring the street kids to discover their talents, there are some who are interested in foot ball, others in music and comedy, we believe that if we leave them a chance to dream, they will strive and yearn to be like authors or heroes they used to read about,” she said.
NOUSPR hopes to keep facilitating rehabilitation of street children through dance, music computer classes, while improving literacy through reading and writing complementing to the plan of the Government of Rwanda which is to increase literacy among all the Rwandans.

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Advocacy day in kabarore, Gatsibo district

On 6thSeptember 2016  NOUSPR, in conjunction with UPHLS under the project  “Local Non-governmental Partnerships for Sustained Country Leadership in Rwanda’’ conducted an advocacy event with local authorities in Gatsibo District Eastern province. The event also included launching of a model Health Center in accessible facilities; the event was presided over by various local Government officials, ministries, embassies and other government dignitaries, the guest of honor was the Director of good governance who was representing the Governor of Eastern Province, Ms. UWAMARIYA Odette.

The day’s activities included  a guided tour to the health centre, accessible walk ways, accessible parking for persons with disabilities, ramps and accessible toilets. The participants also toured the ARV services to experience a person with disability accesses medical services without any limitation.

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Different testimonies were shared by people with psychosocial disability as to how the facility was of less use to them as it was not accessible to them, and how it is of more use because of the accessible facilities made by NOUSPR and UPHLS, people with psychosocial disability also sighted how the service providers, particularly Psychiatric nurses are now friendly attributed to series of trainings offered by NOUSPR. The head of health center gave a moving speech on how before it was difficult for persons with disabilities to access the facility and all health service were not used by people with disabilities particularly the psychiatric unit, HIV and AIDS. Some of the services are on the first floor of the building where now people with disabilities reach without any limitation because there is a lamp for physically disabled and wheel chair users, the staff were trained in guidance and handling techniques of people with mental illness, there are tack tails for the blind and sign language interpreters for the deaf. This leader expressed certification that the centre is now a model in the country as today it is well equipped with the accessible ways and trained staff and people with disabilities are aware, benefit and appreciate the services. In different speeches, the government leaders appreciated the work done by NOUSPR and UPHLS and pledged the will of the government to continue to advocate for such initiative in other health facilities.

img_1895     In her speech, Mme. BYUKUSENGE Madeleine who was representing the Governor of the             Eastern Province appreciated the work done by UPHLS and NOUSPR as response for the PWDs to utilize the health services delivered in Kabarore Health Center. She recalled the history of people with disabilities in Rwanda where they used not to be thought of or talked about in public; she said how discrimination and marginalization was a norm and culture and how that culture is bad. This politician sighted an example of families who used to hide their family members because they are disabled. In the name of the Governor of eastern province she promised to promote the political will to protect the human rights of people with                         Leaders Inspecting IEAC Materials.

disabilities where they will keep treated equally and fight distinction of any kind that is based on one’s disability.  She reminded other health centers in the province to follow the example of Kabarore Health centre.

Celeblating the day of the african child

In a bid to raise awareness of existence NOUSPR street Kids NOUSPR Joined the lest of the world and the NATION to celebrate the Day of the African child.

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The above children all lived on streets due to problems caused by the above challenges and their life and experience requires more than just bringing them together one a week  and educate them on some life skills, like NOUSPR have been doing, most of them exhibit hunger, dressed in rags and duty.

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the NOUSPR board and the staff ; the children had enough time to share experience , talents with one another, danced  and played NOUSPR through its groups helps these children to meet at least once a month and train them in life skills, interacting, expressing themselves and more so helps them with cloths

This is one of the NOUSPR workshops with mental health professionals, Patients and community health worker to create a platform for better service delivery in mental health.

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NOUSPR conducted field visits with more than 250 NOUSPR members in 15 self help groups’ sites throughout the North, South, East, West and Kigali City regions. NOUSPR members with epilepsy or mental health problems, and numerous psychiatric nurses and community health workers, shared their experiences and concerns regarding treatment and medications. As a result of receiving many requests for more information regarding key issues in mental health diagnosis and treatment, NOUSPR in collaboration with the University of Kibungo (UNIK) is offering a series of workshops for psychiatric nurses and allied mental health professionals and patients and community health workers throughout the five regions of Rwanda. The workshops have been specifically tailored for psychiatric nurses and mental health professionals to provide an in-depth, enjoyable learning experience for all participants in a small group, “hands on” format. Lectures, roleplaying and structured group exercises will be used to make the material applicable to participants’ every day work experience with clients with epilepsy or mental health disorders.