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Nyamasheke: ensure rights of vulnerable residents, local leaders told

Posted on 26 February 2015

New leaders in Nyamasheke district are called upon to continue from where former leaders stopped and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and other vulnerable people. The call was made by representatives of Handicap International, a non-profit-making association during the training organized for local leaders from 4 sectors that work with Handicap international […]

Direct support beneficiaries revealed they are happy about the way support comes on time

Ngororero: Direct support beneficiaries’ lives improving

Posted on 25 February 2015

Beneficiaries of direct support, a component of Umurenge Vision Programme (VUP) in Ngororero district revealed that support comes at the right time helping their lives to improve. Direct support is the funds given to the poor residents among those include the old and unable to work.  This comes after direct support beneficiaries complained last year […]

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Swiss Development Agency allocates $1.9M to curb malnutrition

Swiss Development Agency allocates $1.9M to curb malnutrition

Posted on 20 February 2015

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has allocated 1.9 million U.S. dollars in grants to help fight malnutrition and provide food assistance to vulnerable people in Rwanda, the Switzerland Embassy said in a statement. The allocation, which is a supplement to the 3 million U.S. dollars allocated to the WFP in 2010, will […]

KIGALI, RWANDA, February 18, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ – The government of Rwanda has submitted a bill in parliament that sets up a national fund which will cover full monthly pay for working mothers during maternity leave. Every employee, either private or public will be required to surrender 0.6% of their salary to contribute to a mother’s pay on maternity leave, says the bill. Companies or state agencies will carry 50% (0.3%) of the cost. Salaries will be deducted by the employer through the existing Social Security Fund (RSSB), regardless of the type of contract or size of the salary. The director general of RSSB, for example, would contribute Rwf 8,000 ($12) from the Rwf 2.7m ($3,913) gross salary. A primary teacher earning Rwf40, 000 ($60), would contribute Frw126 ($0.2). Even Government employees in categories, such as single and married people, nuns, priests, politicians, civil society and international organizations and embassies, are not exempted. According to the existing law, a maternity leave is 12 weeks. In the same law, a mother is paid her full salary during the first half of her leave. For the second half, she has to surrender 80% of her salary, or return to work. With the proposed bill, the employer will pay half the salary while the fund covers the remaining half. Public Service Minister Judith Uwizeye, whose ministry is behind the new fund, said it will allow mothers to stay home much longer during the time babies need them most. “To all employers, you do not want to be seen as an obstacle to the well-being of mothers,” she said on KT Radio, a KT Press sister company, on February 13. “It is not a burden to us,” says Ritesh Patel, Chief Finance Officer of Utexrwa Ltd, a textile factory in Kigali. “Provided that when a mother comes back, she delivers to the company expectation.” The firm has 450 employees, and 300 of them are women. It pays workers Rwf 40M ($57,932) in salaries every month. The day the new maternity fund will be operational, they will be contributing Rwf 120,000 ($174) monthly. Claudine Kaze, a civil servant chose to forego 80% of her salary to take care of her baby girl last year. She says: “I wish the bill can be passed tomorrow.” Source : KT-Press

Rwanda Plans Fund to Pay Mothers 100% During Maternity Leave

Posted on 18 February 2015

KIGALI, RWANDA, February 18, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ – The government of Rwanda has submitted a bill in parliament that sets up a national fund which will cover full monthly pay for working mothers during maternity leave. Every employee, either private or public will be required to surrender 0.6% of their salary to contribute to a mother’s pay on maternity leave, says […]

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People with disabilities appeal for more support

Rulindo: People with disabilities appeal for more support

Posted on 13 February 2015

Eugenie Mukamukesha, the in-charge people living with disability in Rulindo district said that people with disabilities still face many barriers every day–from physical obstacles in buildings to systemic barriers in employment and civic programs. He made the statement in a three day training for representatives of people with disabilities in Rulindo district that started on […]

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Gisagara: Rising food prices worry residents

Gisagara: Rising food prices worry residents

Posted on 10 February 2015

Residents of Mugombwa sector in Gisagara district are worried over the increase in food prices that has been increasing for the past few months. Since the Refugee Camp for Congolese was put in this place, food prices have been hiking. “We were used to buy a kilogram of potatoes at Rwf100 but today the price […]

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Kagame returned over 30,000 hectares to the needy of the Eastern Province to escape poverty

Posted on 07 February 2015

In 1999, Anne Muhorakeye   returned to his country on Rwanda from Uganda, where she lived as a refugee for 25 years. Muhorakeye spent 7 years without a piece of land to cultivate and be able to support his family. She lives in the province of Eastern   Rwanda, fertile and favorable for agriculture. President […]

Poor hygiene in the kitchen poses health risks to the members in the home

Kamonyi: Local leaders urged to sensitise residents on cleanliness

Posted on 06 February 2015

Deputy members of parliament, Hon. Alphonsine Mukarugema and Hon. Clotilde Mukakarangwa Deputy members of parliament, Hon. Alphonsine Mukarugema and Hon. Clotilde Mukakarangwa urged local authorities to put more effort in sensitizing residents to maintain cleanliness for better health. This comes after the Deputy members of the parliament reported low levels of hygiene in most homes […]

Rwanda digital literacy gets boost

Rwanda digital literacy gets boost

Posted on 30 January 2015

Efforts to promote digital literacy in the country received a boost yesterday, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the government and ICDL, an international computer skills certification programme. Both two parties will collaborate to promote digital literacy and to certify employees of central and local government and the general public across the […]

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Nyanza Sex workers vow to quit streets, eye decent jobs 2

Nyanza: Sex workers vow to quit streets, eye decent jobs

Posted on 30 January 2015

A number of commercial sex workers in Nyanza district have said they will abandon the trade if they are helped to engage in legal income generating activities. They made the pledge during on January 27, during a census of sex workers with a premise to empower them set up income generating projects. The active prostitutes […]

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