In 2021 Fondazione Marcegaglia Onlus (FMO) initiated Child protection Program

In 2021, the Bugesera District of Rwanda buzzed with anticipation as the Fondazione Marcegaglia onlus(FMO) launched its ambitious child protection program. Among the rolling hills and bustling villages of the Rilima sector, 374 children stood as silent witnesses to the harsh reality of malnutrition and stunting. But hope shimmered on the horizon as FMO stepped in with a plan of action.


With compassion as their guiding light, FMO wasted no time in providing these children with the lifeline they desperately needed. Weekly-fortified food packages, along with nutritious eggs and milk, became a beacon of sustenance, dispelling the shadows of hunger that had long plagued their community.

As the years unfolded, FMO’s commitment only deepened. Their next phase aimed to cast a wider net, targeting 500 families over the course of five years. Their goal was nothing short of complete eradication of malnutrition, a testament to their unwavering dedication to the well-being of every child under their care.


But FMO knew that true transformation went beyond mere sustenance. They recognized the importance of early childhood development, laying the foundation for a brighter future. In the heart of the Rilima sector, they established five Early Childhood Development (ECD) services, welcoming 120 eager young minds into a world of exploration and learning.

Here, amidst colorful classrooms and nurturing environments, children flourished under the guidance of dedicated educators. Every lesson, every song, every shared moment became a building block for their growth and development.

Meanwhile, FMO remained vigilant in their efforts to prevent future cases of malnutrition. Through 15 village kitchens scattered across three sectors, they monitored the growth of 1,412 children from food-insecure families. Regular measurements served as a vital tool in their arsenal, ensuring that no child slipped through the cracks unnoticed.

As the program unfolded, the landscape of the Rilima sector began to shift. Where once there was despair, there now bloomed hope. Where once there was hunger, there now flourished abundance. And where once there was vulnerability, there now stood resilience.


In the twilight of 2025, as the sun dipped below the horizon, the echoes of laughter and the promise of a brighter tomorrow filled the air. Thanks to the tireless efforts of FMO and their partners, the children of Rilima sector could look towards the future with unwavering confidence, knowing that they were truly cherished, nurtured, and protected.