Kigali, 13 October, 2021 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The experience of Epiphany, the 18-year-old Rwandese girl who was forced to drop out of school five years ago and has turned around her life has been recounted as a success story in the fight against poverty in the Great Rift Valley country.
“When she was only 13 years old, Epiphany was forced to drop out of school to become the primary carer for her two younger sisters following the sudden death of her parents,” the leadership of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland in the country, Trócaire Rwanda, recounts in a recent report.
It is not uncommon to find young girls dropping out of school to take up family responsibilities, the leadership of the Catholic international entity observes, and adds, “Despite an increased focus on girls’ education in the country, blocks still remain and the cycle of poverty continues as it did for the generation before.”
The native of Gikungu village in Rwanda’s Nyamagabe District that is covered by the Catholic Diocese of Gikongoro “struggled to adapt to her new role providing for her sisters,” the leadership of Trócaire Rwanda says in the October 8 report, adding that one of Epiphany’s two sisters “has physical disabilities.”
While Epiphany did receive some financial assistance from the Rwandan government, the funds were not enough to meet the basic needs of the orphaned family of three.