Hunt for lawbreakers who still believe in the beating, child labor and other forms of child abuse is attracting partners among telcos.
National Children Council (NCC) in collaboration with Tigo Rwanda have today donated mobile phones worth Rwf 13 million to 840 child protection volunteers in Muhanga district, to help them timely reporting of child abuse.
“Child protection volunteers” is a society of honest people established in all villages across the country to protect children against abuse.
Mujawamariya Rose, one of the volunteers said “the phones will help us report child abuse on time, unlike in the past where cases could go unreported.”
“We were always obliged to walk to a local leader’s home to find a phone whenever a serious case of child abuse occurred. That could always give chance to the offender to escape or to trick the case.”
Esperance Uwicyeza, the NCC Executive Secretary urged the beneficiaries to make the phones good use.
“This great contribution with our esteemed partner-Tigo Rwanda is a foundation of better future. They will give the phones to all the volunteers across the country, but a message to everyone is, please take good care of them,” Uwicyeza said.
So far, children protection volunteers from 11 districts of the country have been given phones to ease communication.
Among them are, Kicukiro, Nyarugenge, Rubavu, Karongi, Nyabihu, Gasabo, Gatsibo, Gakenke, Rwamagana, Gicumbi and Muhanga
Celse Gasana, the Executive Secretary of Muhanga District said the phone donation is timely.
“These phones are a good motivation for child abuse volunteers; they have been spending from their own pocket.”
Commenting on the donations, Desire Ruhinguka in charge of Tigo business told KT Press his company is proud to be part of the fight against child abuse and several other challenges in the community.
“Tigo is not just about communication services; we also reach out to people and provide support whenever we can,” he said.
There are in the country, 29,000 child abuse volunteers.