Christine Niwemugeni, vice mayor for social affairs in Huye district
Rwandan Leaders have been asked to be the first in adopting children from orphanages so that they grow up in homes, Christine Niwemugeni; vice mayor for social affairs in Huye district has said.
Vice mayor said this during the meeting on transferring children from orphanages to some families. The meeting gathered the concerned authorities in southern province.
Explaining on the reason for asking leaders to adopt children, vice mayor Niwemugeni lamented: “Recently here in Huye, we had six children that we wanted to give to some families. Two got them but after hard work, three of them were sent to Nyundo orphanage and another one is at Kabutare hospital.”
I think if leaders show a good example the rest would follow and receive children from orphanages because these children need families to raise them, adds Niwemugeni.
Giving the reasons as to why adoption is not easy, one participant said: “Am never home due to my demanding work, why do I bring a child I will never get time for when he or she comes in need of parental care?”
Another parent added: “I have one child and would love to bring home his playmate, but if I take one home it will require me to enroll him or her in the same school as my child, yet it is expensive.”
Although orphans count to 3000, the problem would be solved if leaders took up the idea because they are many as well, says Niwemugeni.