Refugee preschool children experience enormous problems in paying fees and acquiring school materials. Pre-school education in urban areas is not supported by organizations that help refugees.
Lack of access to preschool education is not only a major obstacle to the development of refugee children, but also a handicap for the survival of refugee families living in urban areas. Parents can not take preschool children with them when they carry out their small occupations or their income generating activities? AGR, in order to earn a living. However, giving up these small occupations or IGAs is a threat to the survival of families in exile.
As preschool children are the most exposed to malnutrition, support from Maison Shalom allows them not only to study but also to be fed at school. Those in Kigali attend preschool education at the Oasis of Peace Community Center in Maison Shalom. Children in the interior of the country? Nyamata in the east, Butare and Muhanga in the south, are enrolled and supported in schools close to their homes.
Support for preschool education for refugee children also contributes to solving the problem of mothers with children under 5 who cannot exercise their income-generating activities due to the constraint of looking after their children all day. Each year, an average of 120 children have been taken care of since 2016.