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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.
Currently we have 5 children who got chance to go to school, Sponsored by Three French Families.
Soul Of Rwanda Organisation based in Gisenyi City, Mbugangali Cell 15 Min walk from Gisenyi Bus Station
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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.
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CONSTITUTION OF THE NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATION ‘ SOUL OF RWANDA’
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
Article 2: THE HEAD OFFICE
The head office of the Organization is located in ……………………. cell, ……………….. sector, Rubavu District, in the Western Province.
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.
A role model youth and economically empowered.
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.
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.
The organization will work with the following beneficiaries:
Vulnerable youth in general
CHAPTER II: THE MEMBERS
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.
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.
The internal rules determine the conditions of adhesion to the organization
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
The organs of the Organisation are:
The General Assembly;
The General Assembly is the supreme body of the organization. It is composed of all effective members of the organization.
Section one: General Assembly
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 ;
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.
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.
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.
Section two: Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is composed of:
-President and Founder: Legal Representative;
Be a person of integrity
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.
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.
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 ensure the organization’s administration;
To recruit, appoint and dismiss the personnel of different services of the Association.
Section three: Auditing committee
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.
Those elected to the conflict resolution committee shall not hold office or engage in any activities of the other organs of the Organization.
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
The Association may hire or own movable and real estate’s to achieve its objective.
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
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 :
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
Deputy Legal Representative;