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Founders of Soul of Rwanda, Jean-Baptiste SENGA and Michael MIGABO, started working with street children in 2013 as volunteers. Their vision to support street boys and girls in their access to education, health care, nutrition, safety and love led to the official launch of a local NGO in March 2019.

Hundreds of children still live on the street and most of them roam around Gisenyi in the markets. These children are categorized into 2 groups: street-based and home-based . Street-based children are those who spend most days and nights on the street and are essentially without family support. Home-based children are those children who spend much of the days on the street but have some family support and usually return home at night. Some home-based children do not attend school because they are forced by their parents to the street as beggars.

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Innocent Bizimungu   is 13 years old ,first born in family of 3 children , he found himself on the street not by choice but fate , his single mom forced him to go  on the street and starting begging claiming the family is too big and that she was not in position to take care of the whole family .

Currently we have 5 children  who got chance to go to school, Sponsored by Three French Families.

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Patrick HABUMUGISHA & Innocent BIZIMUNGU
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Elisa NIYOGISUBIZO
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Queen UWASE
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Obama MUGABO

Support my heart project to offer children from the street the opportunity to shape their lives freely according to their will through education, food and the promotion of their creativity.

This is the link to my project: SOUL OF RWANDA My name is Senga Jean Baptiste I have a dream to make the world a bit better. Did you know that children are the soul of a country ?!

Soul Of Rwanda Organisation based in Gisenyi City, Mbugangali Cell 15 Min walk from Gisenyi Bus Station

Jean-Baptiste SENGA

About Founder

Jean-Baptiste SENGA was a former street child 22 years ago when he turned back as a refugee in Congo and arrived in Rwanda. His mother could not find any of her family members because they were all killed during the Genocide against Tutsi at Bisesero in Kibuye where 40000 Tutsi were killed. His mother was consumed with the grief of the loss of her family and the impact of the mental trauma meant that she could no longer care for her son. At 6 years old, Senga was forced to spend most of his time on the street and only returned home at night. At home there was no food they ate once a day or nothing at all.

Senga’s dream was to help other street children get back to school, receive adequate nutrition and secured shelter. Since 2013 Senga began working with street children and fulfilling his dream. Him and his little brother Michael MIGABO would find street children and play football and teach them acrobatics.

Team Members

Bernadette BAGWANEZA

 

SASKIA Henle Franziska

Martine Bichon Micalef

 

Nadine UMUHIRE

Dorothea Else Bit Marie

 

Cliff NDAYAMBAJE

Michael MIGABO

 

Michaella MUTESI

CONSTITUTION OF THE NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATION ‘ SOUL OF RWANDA’

CHAPTER ONE:
NAMES, DURATION, HEAD OFFICES, OBJECT AND SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES

PRE -AMBRE
We, members of the organisation ’SOUL OF RWANDA, SOR,
Having analyzed the various problems facing the youth of this region, especially those related to the history of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda as well as the wars of the infiltrators led from the DRC in 1997-2000 that left many orphans, neglected children including street children and girls who have nursed babies at an early age  Having noted that the youth of this region is enrolled  in the worst forms of work such as the transport of heavy luggage for cross-border traders between Rwanda and the DRC as well as others who are forced to drop out of school ,

Gathered in the  General Assembly  held on March 22, 2019;

According to the Law N°04/2012 of February 17, 2012, related to national Non-Governmental Organization
Decide to create a non-governmental organization called ” SOUL OF RWANDA, SOR.

Article 2: THE HEAD OFFICE

The head office of the Organization is located in ……………………. cell, ……………….. sector, Rubavu District, in the Western Province.
It may, however, be shifted to any other place upon the decision of the General Assembly.

Article 3: GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE

The Organization shall carry out its activities all over the Rwandan territory but can be extended in the Eastern Africa Community or any other African country.
It is created for an undetermined period.

ARTICLE 4:

VISION

A role model youth and economically empowered.
Article 5
MISSION

Assist the youth to restore their hope of life through the promotion of their rights, behaviour change (education information and communication) and to live in a secured Rwandan family.
Article 6

OBJECTIVES
The organization has set  the following objectives;

Contribute to the withdrawal on the street for children to rehabilitate them and integrate them into socio-economic life and reunite them with their families.  Carry out the education and supervision of street children and others at high risk of dropping out of school. Educate youth on behavioural change in the family to combat negative values and communicable diseases Fight against all forms of violence and drugs  Helping youth in sports activities Inform the youth about hygiene and health so that it informs families in turn. Paying attention to the education of disabled children Training on Small Business Management and Savings Culture Increase knowledge in vocational training. Promote the exploitation of the talents of youth.

Article 7
ACTIVITIES
Promote the education of children in families and particularly vulnerable children; – Awareness campaign on the fight against drugs, communicable diseases and all forms of violence. – Information, education and communication for a change of attitude and behaviour; – Promotion of cleanliness and protection of the environment; – Organize training for change of mentality and behaviour – Organize sports activities and participate in competitions. – Inform the youth about local services offered by the state. – Organize inclusive vocational training for youth – To give economic support to the young laureate of professional vocation.

Article 8

BENEFICIARIES

The organization will work with the following beneficiaries:

Vulnerable youth in general
Street children
Orphans
Youth responsible for families

CHAPTER II: THE MEMBERS

Article 9:

The Organisation is composed of founder Members, adherent Members and honorary members.

The founder Members: are the signatories to the present constitution.

Adherents members: are physical persons who, upon request and after subscription to the present constitution, shall be agreed by the general assembly.
The founder and ordinary members are referred to as effective members of the organisation with equal rights and duties.

Shall be considered an honorary member any individuals or organizations to whom the general assembly shall grant that title due to special and appreciable support rendered to the organisation.

Honorary members attend the General Assembly but with no right to vote.
Article 10:
The effective members commit to unconditionally participate in the activities of the Organisation. They attend the General Assembly meetings with the right to vote.
They are compelled to give annual contribution which is determined by the General Assembly.

Article 11:

The internal rules determine the conditions of adhesion to the organization

Article 12:

Membership shall cease in the case of the member’s death, by voluntary resignation, exclusion or the dissolution of the organization.

The modalities of resignation and the criteria’s of exclusion are determined in the Internal Regulations of the organization.

CHAPTER III: THE ORGANS

Article 13:

The organs of the Organisation are:

The General Assembly;
Board of Directors;
The audit committee.
The conflicts resolution committee.

Article 14:

The General Assembly is the supreme body of the organization. It is composed of all effective members of the organization.

Section one: General Assembly

Article 15:

The General Assembly has the following powers:

Adopt and amend the constitution  and Internal Rules of the organization;

To appoint and members of the Board of Directors and audit committee after the consultation of President Founder ;
To determine the activities of the organization;
To admit, to suspend and to expel  a member;
To  approve  the annual accounts;
To accept donations and legacies;
To dissolute the organisation.

Article 16 :

The General Assembly is convened and chaired over by the Legal representative of the organisation or in case of his absence by deputy Legal representative of the organisation.

In case of absence or refusal of the legal representative and the assistant, The General Assembly is summoned in writing by at least the third of the effective membership.

In that case, the General Assembly shall elect for the chairman for the session amongst the members present.
Article 17:

The General Assembly meets twice a year in ordinary sessions. The invitations containing the agenda are transmitted to members at least ten days before the meeting.

Article 18:

On the agenda of the first meeting of the year, must obligatorily appear annual report of the activity of the board of directors, achievements of the previous year, the budget proposal for the next year and the report of the control by the audit committee.

Article 19 :

The General Assembly legally meets when it gathers the two-third (2/3) of the effective membership.

. In case the quorum is not reached a second is convened within seven days.

In that case, the general assembly shall meet and take valid resolutions irrespectively of the number of participants

Except for the cases provided for by the law governing the nongovernmental organizations and by the present constitution, the decisions of the General Assembly are valid when adopted by the absolute majority of votes. In case of the equality of votes, the president has a casting vote.

Article 20 :

The extraordinary General Assembly is convened and chaired in the same conditions as the Ordinary General Assembly. The time for summoning is 10 days.
But in case of extreme emergency, that time can be reduced to 7days. Debates shall deal only with the matters on the agenda.

Article 21:
The minutes of the meetings of the General Assembly are signed by the president and secretary of the organization.

Section two: Board of Directors

Article 22:

The Board of Directors is composed of:

-President and Founder: Legal Representative;
-Vice-President: Deputy Legal Representative;
– Secretary;
-Treasurer;
-The three Advisors.

Article 23:
Criteria to be the organization legal representative.

Be a person of integrity
Not have been sentenced for the offence of discrimination, sectarianism or the ideology of genocide;
Have not been sentenced to a term of imprisonment equal to or more than six months, which is not closed by an amnesty or rehabilitation.
Article 24:

The members of the Board of Directors are elected among effective membership upon the absolute majority for 5 years renewable once. They can be Assisted by advisors selected by the General Assembly concerning their competences.

Article 25:

The Board of Directors meets once in 3months and every time needed, summoned by the president, or in case of his absence by the Vice-President.

It shall legally meet when three-fifth (3/5) are present. Its decisions shall be adopted upon the simple majority votes in case of lack of consensus. In case of parity of votes, the president’s vote counts double.

Article 26:

The Board of Directors has the following attributions:

To execute the decisions and recommendations of the General Assembly;

To deal with the day to day management of the Association;

To prepare annual  activity reports;

To elaborate the budget provisions to be submitted to the General Assembly;

To propose to the General Assembly the modifications to the constitution and internal regulations

Prepare the session of the General Assembly;
To carry out negotiation of cooperation and   financial  agreements with  partners,

To ensure the organization’s administration;

To recruit, appoint and dismiss the personnel of different services of the Association.

Section three: Auditing committee

Article 27:

The General Assembly appoints annually two auditors committed to controlling at any time the management of finances and other properties of organization and make the report.

They have access, without carrying outside, to any accounting documents of the organization.

They report to the General Assembly.

Section four: The conflicts resolution committee.
The conflict resolution committee shall be composed of three (3) individuals elected by the General Assembly. They shall be appointed for two (2) years.

Those elected to the conflict resolution committee shall not hold office or engage in any activities of the other organs of the Organization.

Article 28

Any dispute, controversy or difference that arises between the members or among its organs shall in the first instance be settled amicably.

Where such dispute, controversy or difference cannot be settled within fifteen (15) days from the date notice of the dispute was brought to the attention of the Parties, it shall be settled by the organ charged with conflict resolution referred to in Article 23 of these Statutes.

If no resolution is reached, the concerned party may file a case to the competent court of the Republic of Rwanda.

CHAPTER IV: THE PATRIMONY

Article 30:

The Association may hire or own movable and real estate’s to achieve its objective.

Article 31:
The assets come from the contributions of members, tithes, offerings, donations, legacies, various subsidies and revenues generated from activities of the organization

Article 32:
The assets of the organization are its exclusive property. It shall allocate its resources to any activity which contributes directly or indirectly to the achievements of its objectives.

Article 33:

In case of dissolution of the organization, the General Assembly designates one or many curators to proceed the liquidation.

After the realization of the value of the movable and immovable assets of the Association and paying the debts, the active assets will be given to another Association with similar objectives.

CHAPTER IV: FINAL DISPOSITIONS

Article 34:
The present constitution may be amended by the general assembly upon absolute majority votes, on a proposal from the Board of Directors or upon by the third
(1/3) of effective membership.
Article 35:

On the decision of 2/3 of effective members, the General Assembly may vote for dissolution of the organization, fusion with another or affiliation to any other Association with the same goals.

Article 36 :
For what is not provided for in this current constitution, the association will refer to the law regulating the non-profit-making associations and the internal rules adopted by the General Assembly.

Article 37:

The current statutes are adopted by the founder members of the Association meeting in a General Assembly whose list is annexed.

Done at Rubavu, on 08th February 2019

Legal Representative;

Deputy Legal Representative;