- November 2, 2017
- Posted by: admin
- Category: News
AERG is an organization of the Genocide survivor students against the Tutsi in Rwanda during 1994, its pioneers are 12 students from the former university of Rwanda at Butare on 20/10/1996. The AERG organization was started with 4 pillars which are: : Remembering, Self defense, Strive for resilience and Mentorship these with the purpose to put together the youth’s strength which had just survived the genocide so as to look for answers within themselves and to cope with the genocide repercussions.
Now AERG is represented nationally in 41 Universities and institutes of higher learning and 484 secondary schools in Rwanda, with a total country-wide membership of 41,151, the females are 21,398 and men are 19,753. With the fact that most of the members of AERG were orphans, they created a solution of making an artificial family in which some took the responsibility of taking care of each other, this family consists of a father, a mother and children and it supported the members to overcome trauma and loneliness as well as depression. In the same case AERG created a traditional dance group called “Inyamibwa” to overcome trauma, entertain and sustain or develop Rwandan Culture.
After 23 years of AERG existence, it has played a vital role in the burial of the genocide victims with honor, and it has also helped in the memorials of these victims, where Every year AERG give training for 200 members on counselling to give support during in 100 days of commemoration of genocide against Tutsi.
Through the program of Legal Aid and Counseling from 2012 AERG received many judiciary problems almost 959 of them, among these there are some that their properties have been cheated, 368 have been solved but 591 are still in waiting to the concern but AERG is still following them, in this program almost 264 are receiving personal advisory.
AERG had organized training in order to empower youth in Entrepreneurship and Income Generating Activities, searching for jobs, and Work readiness through the program called EIE (Education Into Employment) and other various projects like YETP,AHEZA,ELE Imbere Heza, some have gotten jobs while othershave become entrepreneurs, AERG continues to do advocate to those who have good projects in order for them to implement their projects, in addition to the program of SSF/HIV from 2010 to 2015, AERG trained youth both female and male youth how to avoid getting infected with HIV/AIDS,
abstaining from unplanned pregnancy,it has also taught the infected youths how to take care of themselves without spreading the virus of HIV, they also used to pass these lessons in the magazine of AERG called Green Light Magazine,that is being written on-line, however, we also make books so that these news may be spread to a wide population.
Aheza Project achievements
ELE IMBERE Heza Project
AERG has its home at Kagugu Sector (AERG Hostel) where it has 160 youth who did not have the shelter during school holidays who are living there, since 2015 AERG joined with GAERG to plan the program of AERG & GAERG WEEK,that has the aim of supporting the Genocide Survivors against the Tutsi,since it commenced,19 houses were built,14 were renewed,24 cows were given to the poor families of Genocide survivors, 237 nursery beds with food crops were built, 13 km roads were rebuilt and have cleaned 70 memorial sites.
The activities of AERG/GAERG WEEK in the Video
AERG organization has always strived to build a strong Rwandesefamily, thatfights the Genocide aftermath and its ideology.