In 1994, Emmanuel Ndayisaba survived the genocide against Tutsi with only her mother. Other family members had been killed. Life became hard with only her mother raising him. It became worse in 2006 when her mother died due to illness.
Although he was able to continue with his studies, thanks to FARG [an umbrella fund for the 1994 Tutsi genocide survivors], he however dropped from school when he had finished S.3 in 2011.
Since then, Ndayisaba lived on the streets of Kigali City, a “bad” life that tempted him to consider committing suicide.
In 2013, when Mizero Care Organization was founded, it helped Ndayisaba with psychotherapy lessons and he resumed studies at APACE Secondary School.
He is now doing his diploma studies at the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center (IPRC) Southern province.
“When I dropped from school, I had no hope of life. I could not stand in front of people and speak. When I got breakfast, I didn’t hope to get lunch or supper. I sometimes considered of committing suicide. But, after I joined and was helped by Mizero Care Organization, I returned to school and I am now in university in second year. I can now see a bright future”, he recounts. “I can speak English while I was a street kid”, says Emmanuel Ndayisaba.
“Others, like me, who were helped by Amizero Care Organization finished secondary school studies and are married. They now have happy families due to restorative lessons and psychotherapy counsels they got from this organization.”
Ndayisaba is one of the 210 beneficiaries who were helped to recover from psychological injuries by the NGO, which was founded by Irene’ Mizero with 12 founding members in 2013 with an aim to help vulnerable youth.
Irene’ Amizero says that Mizero Care Organization helps the youth who were affected by the genocide, family problems, drug abuse and poverty.
Beneficiaries at Amizero are provided with psychotherapy services and graduates are grouped in clubs to help each other.
On December 26, every year, Mizero Care Organization organises a birthday party for young boys and girls who do not know their birthdates and those who know them, but don’t have who to celebrate with. It is a sharing joyful.
Mizero Care Organization has helped beneficiaries from the three districts of Kigali City, Nyarugenge, Kicukiro and Gasabo with others from Nyamagabe District of the Southern Province.
This year, Mizero Care Organization held the party with 125 members. A birthday party cake was cut to celebrate the birthday of those who don’t know their birth dates or they don’t have who to organize birthday parties and surprises for them.
The youth who participated in the event held at Dove Hotel in Gisozi, Kigali City, were advised to avoid drug abuse and unwanted pregnancies, which can end their hopes and their dreams.
Irene’ Mizero, the founder and chairman of Mizero Care Organization, says that “the graduates who finished the recovering process lessons came to the organization with emotional wounds from which we have helped them recover.”
“They now have hope and they are ready to transform others in the society and develop themselves”, he added.
Mizero says that he had the idea to initiate an organization to help youth leave the isolated life and live a better one with dreams to self-develop and develop the nation.
He says that he decided to start the organization after he lived an isolated life due to what his parents did in the genocide against Tutsi.
“My parents played part in the 1994 Tutsi genocide and killed people,” he says. “I feel ashamed.”
“I was helped by friends who wanted me to be happy like others by showing me love, praying for me and encouraging teachings”.
He is a graduate from the University of Rwanda, College of Business and Economics on a government scholarship.
Mizero’s organization seeks more support to help more children, “who are living a life I lived”.