Mom Most Likely To: Help Girls Flourish

Mom Most Likely To: Help Girls Flourish

In Kamonyi district in southern Rwanda, Annonciata Umukundwa stands full of pride outside the village early childhood development center for 3 to 6 year old children.

Annonciata explains that at the start, children, including her 7 year-old daughter, Diane, weren’t used to being around other children and had anxiety about being separated from their mothers. But now the children enjoy being there and the program has brought together a once divided community that’s still haunted by the effects of the 1994 genocide.

Diane just got her first grade report card. She made 88 percent marks, placing her near the top in her class. Even at an early age, Diane has big dreams. “I want to go to a university and become a doctor,” says Diane, looking up at her mother with a smile.

According to Joseph Ngamije, CARE’s local project manager, “Seventy-nine percent of children from last year now attend primary school and most are girls. Each year the numbers continue to increase as more parents get involved in their children’s education.”

Leaving the village, the children raise their thumbs and shout Komera Komera, a local saying that means “Be Strong Be Healthy.”

Annonciata is an example of perseverance – and her 7-year-old daughter Diane has flourished as a result.