Who We Are?
KEEPCARE is the teenager-led development national non-government organization found in February 2014 in Huye District, southern Province of Rwanda. KEEPCARE is working to ensure that the fundamental needs of vulnerable teenagers are addressed.
Based on a UNFPA‘s State of World Population 2013 report: Motherhood in Childhood – Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy, more than 7 million girls in poor countries give birth before 18 each year old.
Regionally, the adolescent child bearing is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, more than 50 % of adolescent girls give birth by age 20 (WHO 2010) statistics.
In Rwanda, despite all efforts, measures and actions put in place to fight teenage pregnancy, young Rwandan girls have also been affected by teen pregnancy, although to a lesser extent that other sub-Saharan countries. However, this is still a very real challenge for girls especially in the pursuit of education and skills that increases success rates. The early child bearing and teenage pregnancy is one of the more pervasive problems affecting the health, social, economic and political progress and empowerment of women and girls.
According to RDHS 2010 six percent (6%) of students girls aged between 15 and 19 years old have started bearing children. Having this high number, the Government uncovers a big challenge to Rwanda’s education in the family.
Similarly, 2011 figures from the Rwanda Education Ministry indicate that Western Province had the highest number of adolescent pregnancies, with 177 cases recorded. It was followed by Northern Province with 141 cases, Southern Province 130, Eastern Province 110 and Kigali with 56.
The latest Gender Based Violence (GBV) in school report of MINEDUC 2014 says that 522 unwanted pregnancies among girls between 10 and 18 years were registered last year in schools countrywide.
KEEPCARE RWANDA was created to make a difference in the lives and livelihoods of the teenage single mothers and their children, teen prostitutes, adolescent affected and infected with HIV/AIDS, Unaccompanied children, and children living with disabilities. Keepcare offers skills on Income Generating Activities creation, entrepreneurship and, psycho-social support to vulnerable and helpless teenagers.
KEEPCARE would love to see teenagers enrolled into various project activities of their choice so that they can attain life-long skills that will enable them live better lives and in turn support their families. This will be quite transformative for their future generations.