The Inshuti z’Umuryango Stories from the Field: Elisa

UNICEF, Rwanda National Child Development Agency

This case study details how IZU Elisa supported a child-headed household in Kayonza district, 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. 


  • The IZU provided a timely and holistic response to make sure that the child-headed household was supported, and to prevent siblings from being separated after the death of their mother 
  • In this case study, key components of the IZU’s support included psychosocial support, referrals to essential services, advocacy, and regular follow-up including with the child-headed household 
  • The IZU effectively coordinated and collaborated with local child protection actors based on each actor’s competencies, mandate and responsibilities, to meet the children’s multi-faceted needs 


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