Hope and Homes for Children (HHC) is an international non-governmental organisation working to ensure that all children have the chance to grow up in the love of a family. Our vision is a world in which children no longer suffer institutional care.

Rwanda has committed itself to becoming a country free from children’s institutions. HHC supports this by establishing effective family strengthening systems which protect vulnerable children and families from deprivation and breakdown. HHC strengthens communities and child protection mechanisms, prevents child abandonment, and monitors and assists the families of children who have been reintegrated into the community.

HHC’s ‘Community Hub’ model is providing integrated child protection and family strengthening services in Rwanda. Community Hubs are child-friendly community resource centres that serve children, parents and communities through a range of diverse services that respond to identified local needs and prevent the breakdown of families. The Community Hubs have a transformative impact on reducing vulnerabilities and preventing child abandonment and institutionalisation.

HHC developed the Community Hub model in Rwanda in 2005, and has since established eight Hubs across three districts which have to date benefitted over 8,000 community members. Sustainability is at the heart of the service, and local ownership enables full handover for long-term community benefit. Both rural and urban locations were selected using the Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme poverty criteria and consultation with local authorities and populations to ensure that the most vulnerable families
are reached where services to meet children’s needs were lacking.