Inclusion in the community:
He is a brave first born boy in a small family of three, resident of Kibungo cell in Ntarama sector. Reponse likes to smile to people, make fun with his mother and enjoy moving around in the community. Reponse can stay playing with other kids in a neighborhood family when his mother goes out for daily subsistence living activities. His father is almost away from the home every day, working at the mine site to gain food and rent for his family. With the smile on her face, his mother cannot hide her emotions when she sees his boy walking around the community, calling her name and enjoying life together. It is unfortunate Reponse is not attending Early Childhood Development (ECD) services due to the Covid-19 social restriction measures but his mother is ready to enroll him in a Home Based ECD center once services are re-opened.
Reponse and his mother were received at CECHE Foundation in May 2019 when the child was about 2 years old. At that time, both the mother and child couldn’t sleep a night. The child behaviors were so disturbing during the whole life, crying day and night. The mother couldn’t do any other thing except holding the child, and carry him on her back. The mother was introduced to the parents group and began attending weekly parents meetings and therapeutic sessions at CECHE Foundation. She found that she is not the only one fighting the struggle and she became resilient and adapted to the situation.
Parent empowerment, Functional independence of the child.
habilitation practices that she was instructed to follow at home. Reponse was then assessed and was identified with a need to be trained to stand and walk, as well as behavior change. The team has collaborated with a local carpenter to make a wooden walking aid, which was given to the family to use at home. During weekly session, the mother was empowered with skills, knowledge and confidence to help his child in improving his functional independence and change the behavior in his daily life. Few months after the intervention, Reponse was able to walk independently, and his behavior became stable. Both can sleep now during a night, and during a day the mother can be free to work on other duties to develop the family. Neighbors have changed their attitudes and they can support Reponse even if the mother is not around.
The early intervention and family support that was provided to the family has certainly re-constructed this family. Reponse was likely to develop severe disability, making his future life a burden to the family, community and the country. This intervention implies financial benefits as well (return investment). Due to functional independence of the child, the family is having more time to work on the family development projects, satisfying their basic financial needs.