Key Learnings from the Ishema Mu Muryango Program

The Ishema Mu Muryango program was implemented from April 2013 to June 2015 with funding from USAID’s Displaced Children and Orphans Funds (DCOF). The goal of the program was to safely and sustainably reintegrate children living in institutions in two districts of Rwanda into their families or communities and prevent further institutionalization through developing family-based alternative care options that are suitable and sustainable. The program was implemented by Global Communities working in close partnership with Hope and Homes for Children and with additional support from UNICEF.

This document highlights some of the key learnings from the program which can be used by organizations, governments and other social and child welfare actors that are implementing deinstitutionalization programs. It also includes examples of successful reintegration stories from the Ishema Mu Muryango program (IMM).