Gucutsa Program

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Our children are reaching adulthood, and as they get ready to leave the nest we are taking steps to prepare them for independent living. Meaning “independence” in the local Kinyarwanda language, the Gucutsa program is aimed at helping our secondary and vocational school graduates transition to independent life outside the orphanage. Participants receive assistance in securing housing, finding jobs and/or internships, purchasing tools for vocational trades (i.e. carpentry, mechanics), financial guidance and mentoring/advice. Upon completion of the program, children are considered independent – living and working in the community on their own or with other young adults from Imbabazi. Our staff supervises these efforts and conducts follow-ups to ensure that our children are staying healthy and safe in the community while developing important life skills such as budgeting, time management, shopping, cooking, and housekeeping. As more of our young adults complete their education, the Gucutsa program will be key to the ongoing success of the Imbabazi family.