The Inshuti z’Umuryango Stories from the Field: Immaculee and Naphtal

UNICEF, Rwanda National Child Development Agency

This case study details how IZU Immaculee and Naphtal help Laura to escape child labour and abuse in Musanze, Rwanda.

The IZU programme was initiated in 2016 as an innovative approach to decentralising the child protection workforce to community-level, and the cadre now comprises the frontline of Rwanda’s child protection system. 


  • In this case study, key components of IZU’s support included psychosocial support; referrals to essential legal, health and education services; advocacy; mediation; and regular follow-up 
  • The IZU ensured coordination and collaboration with other child protection actors including in other districts, building on each other’s competencies, mandate and responsibilities 
  • Multi-faceted support to Laura enabled her to meet her needs in a holistic manner, from psychological and emotional wellbeing to justice.


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