Angelique, a 22-year-old

Angelique, a 22-year-old Uyisenga Ni Imanzi beneficiary, is an orphaned survivor who heads a household of 6 of her younger siblings. Following the 1994 genocide, Angelique was left with no home and few adult relatives to guide or care for her and her remaining family. Though she suffered from hunger, thirst, and mental trauma, she attempted to remain in school but was later forced to leave to continue caring for her family. Soon after, she came in contact with Uyisenga Ni Imanzi representatives who worked by going door-to-door to meet with orphaned youth survivors.

Through their guidance and overwhelming support, Angelique and her family achieved self-sustainability both economically and emotionally, through various agricultural programs, like cassava and pineapple cultivation, as well as psychiatric assistance, which took place through various solidarity camps as well as one-on-one therapeutic sessions with trained psychologists.

When asked what her life would be like without Uyisenga Ni Imanzi, Angelique explained that her family would be nowhere near where they are now and that the emotional support has been a pillar in the reconstruction of their fragile lives and that the economic empowerment has provided her family with a higher standard of living than they ever dreamed possible.

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