Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Rose Mukantabana
The issue of orphanages has yet again come up after discovering that children in orphanages undergo difficult lives.
The problem was once again highlighted this week during a brainstorming session by Chamber of Deputies.
The standing committee on social affairs had earlier this year presented to the House its findings on a previous study that highlighted the problems affecting orphanages and homes of citizens with special needs countrywide.
The MPs want these children to be adopted by families so that they can get the chance to grow in a family environment and orphanages phased out.
Speaker Rose Mukantabana expressed confusion over why children or the elderly should be left to care about themselves independently.
“The problem of these children was linked with that of the elderly. Why are the country’s children taking care of themselves while we are here? What about those with parents yet they are out on the streets? And, what about these parents who continue to produce children that they cannot ably care for?” the Speaker posed, as she addressed the Assembly.
“The problems include orphanages which take in a higher number of children than they can support. Children in these orphanages have poor standards of living, unqualified staff in orphanages, and orphanages that accept children who actually have parents,” said MP Esperance Mwiza, the Chairperson of the committee.
Zaina Nyiramatama, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Children (NCC), noted that their research indicates that there are 33 recognised orphanages in the country with 3, 153 orphans, 55 percent boys. Nine of the orphanages are in Kigali.
According to reasons for the mounting numbers of homeless children,include the deaths of both parents, death of a mothers, poverty and mental disorders.
She stressed that orphanages are not the ideal place to bring up children as they are deprived of a normal upbringing due to issues that include lack of proper parental care, poor feeding, and normal family love and happiness.