Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Millennium Development Goals in Rwanda

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that all 193 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015.
The goals are:
  • Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achieving universal primary education
  • Promoting gender equality and empowering women
  • Reducing child mortality rates
  • Improving maternal health
  • Combatting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
  • Ensuring environmental sustainability
  • Developing a global partnership for development
These aims, especially the first six, are the same aims that Shyira Trust has been working to achieve in Rwanda, since forming in 2006. Its objectives are:
  • The relief of poverty
  • The advancement of education
  • The preservation and protection of good health in Rwanda
In particular, Shyira Trust has provided funds to renovate the primary and secondary schools, and sponsored over 100 children through secondary education.

It raised funds to rebuild the maternity hospital and provide midwifery training for two midwives, and funds maternal health and safe motherhood projects.

It also operates an Alternative Gift scheme to provide items to relieve poverty, fund education and provide healthcare combatting HIV/AIDS and malaria.

The number of families in extreme poverty has been reduced, and the number of children in primary and secondary education has been increased. The incidence of maternal deaths has reduced, and maternal health has improved. As a consequence, child mortality rates have reduced.

As an example, since the first sponsored midwife qualified in 2009 there have been no maternal deaths in Shyira maternity hospital, despite the increased number of births attended, and the number of safe deliveries has increased.

To help us continue this work, please make a donation to Shyira Trust, and do your bit for Millennium Development Goals in Rwanda.

You can make your donation, big or small, at bmycharity.com, and every penny received will be used to fund the projects we support

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