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Rwanda’s textile industry at the crossroads of change

Rwanda’s textile industry at the crossroads of change

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Rwanda’s textile industry at the crossroads of change

Rwanda is expected to benefit economically by reducing importation of second hand clothes through a tailoring factory—Kigali Garment Centre.

In collaboration of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Association of Professional Tailors the factory intended to be established would require Rwf2 billion as capital of which Rwf 20,000 is proposed share of grassroots members but one tailor would be allowed to buy more shares.

According to the Minister for trade and industry François Kanimba noted that Rwanda spends over 60 billion Rwandan Francs on second hand clothes annually.

Adding that wearing such clothes in not worth Rwandan value,’’ said Kanimba.

The minister for Trade and Industry said that in order to reduce the huge cost there is a need for concerted efforts to make locally knitted clothes to satisfy the Rwandan market.

“A recent study showed that, among the economic platforms, tailoring tops opportunities for increasing more locally made products. Of Rwf60 billion spent on imported clothes, half is for knitted clothes-why do you have to import knitted clothes like uniforms while we have tailors in Rwanda?” Kanimba added.

The Association of Professional of the Tailors of Rwanda (APT) has so far elected representatives in Kigali and it plans to extend to other district in the country.

Kanimba said that his ministry is planning to establish a tailoring institute in the country for skills training. He further said that the move to establish a tailoring factory will create more job.

Meanwhile, Rwanda has two textile factories— C and H garment and the Indian based UTEXIRWA.

Since 1984 Utexirwa runs at 40% percent capacity and produces about 12000 meter/ year and has a turnover of 3 $million; however the plant produces uniforms for students and other institution but does not produce for retail consumption.

In 2004, C and H garment, a Chinese textile company built a franchise in Kigali which produces also clothes for export market especially European stores with a capacity of 200 local workers at start up.

Kanimba noted that cutting down on second hand clothes is in line with government’s decision as well as EAC countries to ensure health, self-dignity as well as reduce unemployment among local youth.

‘’At least 15 per cent of off-farm jobs are create from tailoring and once the measures are implemented it will more than double,’’ said Kanimba.

Barasabwa gutuzwa bundi bushya

Bavuga ko batujwe batandukanye byabafasha gutera imbere

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Barasabwa gutuzwa bundi bushya

Barasabwa gutuzwa bundi bushya

Bamwe mu basigajwe inyuma n’amateka bo mu Murenge wa Rubengera, Akarere ka Karongi bavuga ko batujwe batandukanye byabafasha gutera imbere.

N’ubwo usanga atari igitekerezo bahuriyeho bose uko batuye Mudugudu wa  Kabuga, Akagari ka Bubazi, Umurenge wa Rubengera ari imiryango igera kuri 12,  ariko harimo bamwe  muri bo bemeza ko gutuzwa hamwe nk’abasigajwe nyuma n’amateka bituma badatera imbere kuko ngo usanga ntawe ubasha kugira undi inama cyangwa ngo abe yamubera urugera rwiza rwo kureberaho, ahubwo ngo ugasanga bituma bamwe bishyira hamwe mu gukora urugomo.

Barasabwa gutuzwa bundi bushya

Barasabwa gutuzwa bundi bushya

Uwimana Claude umwe muri aba basangwabutaka ati:” Iyo badutuje hamw egutya ubukene buriyongera, iyo turi hamwe barigomeka bamwe hakavamo nk’abajura bangiza imyaka y’abaturage, aho tugez etwese bakatwamagana.”

Banyumvire Aminadabu nawe ati:”Numva ko umwe bamutuza hakuno undi hakurya wenda tukajya tujya gusurana, ingaruka biteza ni uko umwana abyiruka nabi yabona uko natwe tumeze ntazagire umuco nk’uw’abandi, ariko agiye mu bandi yabona uko bahinga, uko bakora nawe akabyigana.”

Ku ruhande rw’ubuyobozi bw’Akarere ka Karongi, Ndayisaba Francois, umuyobozi wako avuga ko nabob amaze kubona ko iyo aba baturage batujwe batandukanijwe bigira ingaruka nziza, bityo bakaba bari kureba uko icyo kibazo cyakemurwa.

Ati:”Twarabibonye, cyane cyane mu Murenge wa Mubuga yemwe na Rwankuba aho twabikoze usanga baragiye bahinduka.”

Aba basigajwe inyuma n’amateka kugeza ubu usanga amazu bacumbitsemo yarasambuwe ndetse amwe n’ibikuta byarasenywe, kandi abaturanyi bakemeza ko ari ba nyiri gucumbikirwamo ubwabo bayisenyeye ndetse ngo aho bacumbikiwe hose bakaba bahasenya imwe mu mpamvu zo gusaba kubatuza batatanye.

The First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame (r) at the recent YouthConnekt Champions and Young Rwandan Achievers award ceremony

Rwanda’s First Lady To Introduce Young Leaders To Leadership

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The First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame (r) at the recent YouthConnekt Champions and Young Rwandan Achievers award ceremony

The First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame (r) at the recent YouthConnekt Champions and Young Rwandan Achievers award ceremony

Rwanda’s First Lady Mrs.Jeannette Kagame is expected to address young leaders from various sectors at the first young leaders conference on Saturday, January 9, 2016.

Organised by Rwanda leadership fellowship under the theme; ‘Sowing seeds of excellence in young leaders generation’, the conference will attract over 250 young leaders from around the world.

The conference, taking place at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Nyamata, will introduce young leaders to principles of Godly leadership and rising to the occasion of being excellent leaders in Rwanda.

Various panelists will share their experiences to motivate the young leaders and encourage them to make use of opportunities available, not only in the public sector but also in the private sector.

Notable among the panelists include; Rev. Dr. Antoine Rutayisire, Hon. Tony Nsanganira, Clarisse Iribagiza, Col. Eugene Haguma, Ms. Nelly Mukazayire and Mr. Samuel Lock.

Rev. Dr. Rutayisire will present on ‘developing excellence in your leadership’ while Col. Haguma is scheduled to present on ‘creating the right environment for the leadership development‘.

According to Rwanda leadership fellowship, “the conference also seeks to instill Godly values in the young leaders as a means of preparing them for the future, and also a way of creating a lasting legacy of excellence in leadership.”

Organisers say the young leaders expected include; students, student guilds, leaders in universities, public servants and entrepreneurs.

Motivational speakers comprising of renowned successful people, and government leaders will discuss various issues and present feasible solutions, thus also sowing seeds of excellence in the future leaders of Rwanda.

SOURCE : KT-PRESS

Weaving baskets is among the skills they learn for sustainable development.

Nyagatare: Families urged to support deaf children education

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Elevanie Kamana, director of Gatunda deaf school in Nyagatare district said that some children with disabilities are considered useless by their families yet they are able.

This is because some parents think that being deaf and dump makes a child useless for the rest of their lives, thus leaving them home than send them to school like others.

Beautiful earrings made by three dumb and deaf girls

Beautiful earrings made by three dumb and deaf girls

Kamana revealed that ever since the school started in 2006, deaf and dumb students increased from 5 to 145 and still receiving more.

She based on the fact that more deaf children are not yet in schools because their families deny them a right to services meant for them.

“So many children have this disability but they are treated as if they are unable. They are not given a right to exercise their rights like normal children,” said Kamana

Thadeo Rusagara, in charge of persons living with disabilities in Nyagatare district confirmed that compared to before, persons with disabilities are exercising their rights.

Rusagara explained that before now, the disabled could be treated like people who are unable to do anything, saying that they have a right to governance and special education among others.

Weaving baskets is among the skills they learn for sustainable development.

Weaving baskets is among the skills they learn for sustainable development.

“Whether local authorities or residents in general, nobody respected persons with disabilities. However, they are now part of the council, they set up projects and get support and their attitude has changed,” Rusagara revealed

The school for the deaf children in Gatunda sector is commended over changing the mindset of people in addition to proving to the nation that the disabled are able through sitting for exams with normal people.

After joining Gatunda Deaf School, skills such as basket making, tailoring, crocheting, carpentry and welding are put in place for students that complete primary education.

Muri Santeri ya Kiramuruzi abana b’inzererezi baba ari urujya n’uruza

Gatsibo: Abacururiza kiramuruzi babangamiwe n’inzererezi n’abajura

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Muri Santeri ya Kiramuruzi abana b’inzererezi baba ari urujya n’uruza

Muri Santeri ya Kiramuruzi abana b’inzererezi baba ari urujya n’uruza

Abakorera ubucuruzi butandukanye mu isoko rya Kiramuruzi mu Karere ka Gatsibo, bavuga ko babangamiwe n’ubujura ndetse n’urugomo bikorwa n’abana b’inzererezi.

Ngo kuba muri iri soko nta muriro uhari ngo na byo byaba biri mu bituma ubu bujura bwiyongera, ikindi kandi ngo hari n’abacuruzi babigiramo uruhare bakorana bya hafi n’aba bajura.

Nsekanabo Cacien ni umwe mu baturage bakorera ubucuruzi muri iri soko rya Kiramuruzi, avuga ko abajura bamaze kubarembya kandi ngo abenshi bitwikira ijoro bitwaje ko nta muriro w’amashanyarazi uri muri iri soko.

Agira ati:” Abajura baraturembeje, iyo tugerageje kubatesha bashaka guhangana natwe badutera amabuye, kandi abenshi ntibagira aho bataha abandi bananiye iwabo.”

Aba bacuruzi bakomeza bavuga uburyo uru rubyiruko rubangamiye imikorere yabo cyane cyane mu masaha y’umugoroba, ariko bakanatunga agatoki bagenzi babo b’abacuruzi baba batuma ubu bujura bwiyongera kuko ibiba byibwe n’uru rubyiruko ngo ari bo babigurishaho ku mafaranga macye.

Umunyamabanga Nshingwabikorwa w’Umurenge wa Kiramuruzi Kavutse Epiphanie, avuga ko aba bana b’inzererezi bavamo abajura, umurene uteganya kubakusanyiriza hamwe bagashyirwa mu ishuri ku bufatanye n’umufatanyabikorwa w’Umurenge.

Ati:” Twumvikanye n’umushinga utegamiye kuri Leta wa World Vision ko bazadufasha gusubiza abana bataye ishuri mu ishuri, kuko ubu twamaze gukora ibarura ubu dufite abagera kuri 50 kandi twizeye ko mu mwaka w’amashuri utaha bazatangirana n’abandi.”

Isoko rya Kiramuruzi ni rimwe mu masoko yifashishwa n’abaturage benshi b’Akatere ka Gatsibo n’utundi turere bihana imbibe, rirema ku wa kabiri no ku wa gatandatu. Uretse iki kibazo cy’inzererezi n’ubujura abaturage muri rusange usanga bishimira iterambere bakesha iki gikorwaremezo.

Cyamezemo ibyatsi

Muhororo: Inyubako ntoya yatumye ububumbyi bwabo busubira inyuma

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Bababajwe n’itanura rya kijyambere badakoresha uko bikwiye

Bababajwe n’itanura rya kijyambere badakoresha uko bikwiye

Abanyamuryango ba koperative ABISHYIZEHAMWE ikora ububumbyi mu murenge wa Muhororo mu karere ka Ngororero ngo yadindijwe no kutagira inyubako ihagije.

Musemakweli Evariste, perezida w’iyi koperative avuga ko nubwo bafite imbogamizi nyinshi mu kazi kabo, ikibadindije ari inyubako ntoya bakoreramo idahuye n’umubare wabo. Agira ati « ubu turi abanyamuryango 15, ntitubasha gukora twese kuko bidusaba kujya ibihe byo kubumba bitewe nuko inyubako dukoreramo ari ntoya ».

Inzu bakoreramo ngo ntibahagije

Inzu bakoreramo ngo ntibahagije

Musemakweli avuga ko iyi koperative imaze imyaka 45 ikora ububumbyi. Kubera abantu bamazemo imyaka nkiyo babumba bakaba bariteje imbere, ngo hari n’abandi bafite inyota yo gukorana nabo ngo bongere imbaraga ariko bikabananira kubera kutagira inyubako ihagije.

Ndayisaba Theophile, umunyamuryango w’iyi koperative avuga ko bababazwa no kuba barubakiwe itanura rya kijyambere rishobora gukora buri munsi ariko bakaba batarikoresha uko bikwiye. Ati « ubu dutwika rimwe mu byumweru bibiri kubera kutabona ibyo dutwikiramo. Dukora turi bakeya kubera inyubako abandi bakigira mu yindi mirimo ».

Kuba aba babumbyi badafite aho gukorera hisanzuye kandi ngo byatumye ubu batagikoresha ikigega bari barubatse kigenewe guhunika ibumba. « kiriya kigega ntigikora kuko ntitwabona umwanya wo kukibikamo ibumba. Umuntu azana ibumba ahita akoresha kuko tukiri bake ». bushayija Jean Claude umunyamuryango asobanura.

Ibindi bibazo iyi koperative ihura nabyo ngo harimo kugura ibitwikishwa bituruka kureno kuba baribwe ibyapa byarangaga aho bakorera.

Ikigega bahunikagamo ibumba

Ikigega bahunikagamo ibumba

Cyamezemo ibyatsi

Cyamezemo ibyatsi

Umunyamabanga nshingwabikorwa w’Umurenge wa Muhororo Harerimana Adrien, avuga ko iyi koperative ibafasha mu kurwanya nyakatsi, kandi ko ibibazo ifite bizwi bikaba bizakemurwa ba nyirubwite babigizemo uruhare.

Ati « mu kurwanya nyakatsi iyi koperative igurisha cyangwa igakopa amategura ku baturage. Ibibazo ifite birazwi ariko hari nibyakemutse. Ibindi tuzafatanya nabo kubikemura ikomeze idufashe mu kunoza imiturire nabo biteze imbere”. Iyi koperative igizwe n’abantu 15 barimo abagore 2.

 

Aba bakobwa 3 ntibavuga ntibumva ariko aya ni amaherena bikorera.

Nyagatare: Imwe mu miryango iracyaheza abafite ubumuga

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Mu myuga biga harimo no kuboha ibiseke.

Mu myuga biga harimo no kuboha ibiseke.

Abana bafite ubumuga bwo kutumva no kutavuga ngo  bamwe baracyafatwa nk’imburamumaro mu miryango bakomokamo nyamara nabo bashoboye.

Kamana elevanie ayobora ikigo cy’amashuri Gatunda Deaf School, cy’abana bafite ubumuga bwo kutumva no kutavuga kiri mu murenge wa Gatunda akarere ka Nyagatare.

Aba bakobwa 3 ntibavuga ntibumva ariko aya ni amaherena bikorera.

Aba bakobwa 3 ntibavuga ntibumva ariko aya ni amaherena bikorera.

Yemeza ko n’ubwo kuva mu mwaka wa 2006 ikigo gitangira, batangiranye abana 5, ubu bakaba bageze ku 145 bidahagije.

Ngo mu miryango myinshi baracyahari ariko babujijwe uburenganzira buhabwa abo bavandimwe nko kugana ishuri.

Ngo hari bamwe mu babyeyi bumva ko kutavuga ntunumve ntacyo wakwimarira mu buzima bigatuma abana nk’abo bahezwa mu miryango ntibigishwe. “ Abana bafite ubwo bumuga ni benshi mu miryango ariko bafatwa nk’aho ntacyo bamaze. Nta burenganzira bahabwa nk’abo bavandimwe cyane ubwo kwiga.”

Gusa yizera ko hamwe n’ubukangurambaga byose bizagerwaho.

Rusagara Thadeo umukozi w’akarere ka Nyagatare ushinzwe abafite ubumuga yemeza ko ugereranije na mbere, abafite ubumuga bagenda bahabwa uburenganzira.

Ngo mbere bafatwaga nk’abantu batagira icyo bakwimarira ariko ngo nyuma yo guhabwa uburenganzira mu miyoborere y’igihugu hagashyirwaho n’amashuri yabo, imyumvire iragenda ihinduka.

Ati “ Haba ubuyobozi ndetse n’abaturage muri rusange ntawahaga agaciro ufite ubumuga. Ariko ubu baba muri njyanama bakora imishinga igaterwa inkunga, imyumvire yarahindutse urebye.”

Ishuri ry’abana batavuga ntibanumve riri mu murenge wa Gatunda naryo ngo rifite icyo rifasha mu guhindura imyumvire y’abantu kuko uretse kuba nabo batangiye kujya bigana n’abadafite ubumuga mu ishuri rimwe ngo n’ibizamini bya Leta bahuriramo benshi barushwa n’abafite ubumuga bikabagaragarira ko nabo bashoboye.

Kuri ubu bamwe mu bana bagannye iri shuri bakuze abasoje amashuri abanza bashyiriweho imyuga irimo ubudozi, kuboha uduseke, gufuma no gukora imitako itandukanye kimwe n’ububaji n’ubusuderi.

Products such as milk may contain antibiotics residues may cause of numerous health hazards.

RBS urges food processors to audit safety systems

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Very few of the foods that Rwandans commonly eat have been subject to any toxicological testing and yet they are generally accepted as being safe to eat. However, all chemicals, including those naturally found in foods, are toxic at some dose

Processors dealing in animal foodstuff products have been told to test for antibiotic residues in their products before they are put to the market for human consumption.

Dr. Mark Cyubahiro Bagabe, director general at Rwandan standards board (RSB) says that food stuffs of animal origin may contain antibiotic residues from their direct application to these animals during their medication.

Products such as milk may contain antibiotics residues may cause of numerous health hazards.

Products such as milk may contain antibiotics residues may cause of numerous health hazards.

He says that during medication of these animals using antibiotics, some residues maybe transferred to the products such as milk, meat, eggs as well as honey which poses a bigger health threat to consumers of these products.

“These residues when consumed by humans may cause of numerous health hazards,” he told this website on Thursday.

He adds, “This testing is for comparing their results with recommended maximum residue limits established by World Health Organization-WHO or CODEX standards.”

Currently, Antimicrobial drugs which also  includes antibiotics are widely used   by  famers  in  controlling, preventing  as well as treating  infections and  enhance animal growth and feed efficiency, showing the  need to   encourage testing  for  the  byproducts.

Health experts say that taking in foodstuffs from animal that may contain   toxic residues like antibiotics may result into transfer of antibiotic resistant bacteria to humans, immune-pathological effects and also carcinogenicity.

The government set up veterinary experts to inspect meat from abattoirs and other slaughter houses to ensure that diseases from animals may not be transferred to humans, yet another measure to curb such incidences.

According to Rwanda standards board, Antibiotics are substances that are either produced naturally by living organisms or produced synthetically in the laboratory, and they are able to kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms.

Yishimira uko ubuyobozi bwita ku baturage nyuma y’ibyabaye

Yishimira uko ubuyobozi bwita ku baturage nyuma y’ibyabaye

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Yishimira uko ubuyobozi bwita ku baturage nyuma y’ibyabaye

Mukamusoni Damarisi utuye mu murenge wa Bweramana, yishimira ko nyuma y’ibyabaye mu 1994, ubuyobozi bushishikajwe no guteza imbere ubuzima bw’abaturage.

Uyu mukecuru akaba  yaravuze ibi ubwo tariki 8/11/2015, ubwo abayobozi b’umurenge wa Bweramana bari kumwe n’abakuru  b’imidugudu ya Rusororo na Karambo mu Kagali ka Murama basuraga abakecuru batandatu barokotse Jenoside yakorewe abatutsi mu 1994 batishoboye bo muri ako Kagali kugira ngo babaganirize, banabashyikirize inkunga bagenewe n’abaturage mu rwego rwo kubaremera.

Yishimira uko ubuyobozi bwita ku baturage nyuma y’ibyabaye

Iyi nkunga ikaba ari imyambaro igizwe n’ibitenge byo gukenyera hamwe n’ishati kuri buri muntu. Umwe muri abo bakecuru kandi yasaniwe igisenge cy’inzu cyari cyarangiritse ku buryo yavirwaga cyane, undi afashwa kugeza umuriro mu nzu ye.

Mukamumsoni Damarisi, wafashijwe kugeza umuriro mu rugo rwe. Ashima ubufasha yahawe, akanashima cyane uburyo ubuyobozi bwita ku batishoboye binyuze muri gahunda zinyuranye bwashyizeho.

Mukamusoni Emilienne yasaniwe igisenge cy’inzu ye. Nk’uko abivuga,  ngo iyo imvura yagwaga inzu yaravaga cyane ku buryo mu nzu  hose harekaga amazi ku buryo atabashaga kubona aho akinga umusaya.

Mukamusoni, ngo ibi byose bifite umuzi mu miyoborere myiza bakesha Leta. Akaba asaba abantu bose kugira umutima ukunda, no kunganira Leta mu gukemura ibibazo by’abatishoboye b’abanyantege nke bakiri benshi.

Rwema Justin ni umukuru w’umudugudu wa Karambo, ashishikariza abantu bose kugira umutima wo gufasha abatishoboye. By’umwihariko asaba abayobozi kubishishikariza abo bayobora, agahamya ko abaturage baba biteguye gushyira mu bikorwa ibyo babwirijwe n’abayobozi.

Ubufasha aba bakecuru bahawe bwavuye mu nkunga yakusanyijwe n’abatuye muri iyo midugudu yombi  mu gihe cyo kwibuka ku nshuro ya 21 abazize Jenoside yakorewe abatutsi mu 1994. Kandi ngo gutegura ibyo babafashishije bikaba byarashingiye ku byifuzo by’abo bakecuru.

Genocide Widows Urgently Need Houses, Despite Jeannette Kagame’s Effort

Genocide Widows Urgently Need Houses, Despite Jeannette Kagame’s Effort

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Genocide Widows Urgently Need Houses, Despite Jeannette Kagame’s Effort

Kayenzi village in Kamonyi district is known for producing sweet and juicy yellow pineapples. Early morning, farmers are seen attending to their gardens on the surrounding hills beautifully decorated by the pineapples.

The village trading center about 9km from the Kigali-Huye highway has about five small shops. Several students from a nearby technical school in white and khaki uniform are loitering in this quiet village.

VTC Kayenzi, a technical school sits on a massive piece of land on a gentle hill neighboring a health center, a kilometer away from the trading center.

Old houses made of mud with rusty tiled roofing are surrounded by nicely trimmed shrub fences, a trend for the entire well-organized village.

However, on the other side of the school, a big house built from brown baked bricks and expensive red tin roofing, attracts a visitor’s attention.

One would wonder why the owner of this modern swanky house chose to settle here, a place that has no access to the kind of amenities well-off families tend to settle next to, such as those in high-end Kigali neighbourhoods.

Genocide Widows Urgently Need Houses, Despite Jeannette Kagame’s Effort

Through the gate into the compound of this house, with glass fitted windows and main door, one is welcomed by a calm atmosphere, with lawn freshly growing garden. On the right side is a kraal, where a cow and its calf are being fed fodder.

In the backyard, there eight elderly women (aged between 72 and 100 years) dressed in Kitenge and resting on the wide veranda; and chatting.

“There comes the man I said I am dating,” Eusterie Mukarurangwa, 100 years old, tells her colleagues referring to this writer. The joke tickles everyone including 75 year old Magdeleine Nirere, who was carefully brushing her teeth. They laugh so loudly, almost cracking their ribs.

A keen observer would easily tell these women share something in common. Well, they are widows. Their families were all wiped out during the genocide against Tutsi in 1994.

At their age, nothing they can do to help themselves. They can’t cook. They can’t wash. They can’t cultivate land. Neither can they do laundry.

“I wake up earlier than anyone here, only to enjoy the early sunshine. I cannot do any work, even my eyes don’t see well,” says Gertrude Mukakibibi 73, adding that her house-mates also have several health challenges.

Some have asthma, others heart weaknesses. The eldest has a deformed backbone after an attack by Interahamwe who left her agonizing during the 1994 genocide. “I only survived by God’s mercy,” she says.

Unfortunately, this ordeal is shared by many others across the country and is weighing heavily on the society even though several initiatives have tried to help.

Unity Club, an association of spouses of senior Rwandan politicians mobilized funds and built this house in December 2014.

It’s now their new home, with a paid caretaker who lives with them.  Chaired by the First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, Unity Club raised over Rwf 38 million for this fully furnished house.

Genocide Widows Urgently Need Houses, Despite Jeannette Kagame’s Effort

On top of the house, the family was donated a cow that produces milk which they add to their already rich menu composed of locally grown foods including; tubers, beans, rice vegetables and fruits.

Sometimes they want a traditional Rwandan cuisine, including boiled bitter green vegetables (udutagarasoryo). “I go to several villages until I find them,” says Josephine Mujawiyera, the caretaker.

Veronica Nirere, one of the women, says, “Our caretaker goes by our order. We can change the menu any time.”

AVEGA, an association of widows of genocide, provides Rwf300, 000 per month for groceries and wages for the two house helpers, the cattle keeper and the maid.

Meals are prepared by the maid as determined by the caretaker, who is like a mother in the house. She interacts with the elderly women and ensures most of their needs and requests are met.

She is literally their mother. She washes their clothes, lays their beds, and takes them to church or to the nearby health center for medication.

While Nirere and her colleagues are grateful for this new precious home, hundreds of others across the country are in serious need for homes too.

The 2014 Genocide Survivors’ Fund of Rwanda (FARG) survey indicated that there are over 1500 elderly widows of the genocide, of which 900 need settlements.

Genocide Widows Urgently Need Houses, Despite Jeannette Kagame’s Effort

However, with limited resources, Unity Club is contributing to the efforts of fixing this gap, while AVEGA offers support towards their welfare.

Meanwhile, the government allocates each one Rwf30,000 as monthly stipends.

This is four times the support other vulnerable Rwandans receive, Rwf7000 per month, because “their case is different; they are not only poor, but also incapable to achieve any work,” explains Regis Gihana, in charge of settlement at FARG.

In July 2015, the First Lady launched a 5-unit village in Mushirarungu, Nyanza district, southern province.

Fourteen elderly women allocated in four units and 2 elderly men in a separate unit live in the village together with four caretakers on top of five guards who alternate night and day shifts. The village is home to 20 members.

The units are equipped with mahogany furniture and sofa, a sign these elderly are treasured.

“We are fed, we sleep on nice beds, we wake up to a good breakfast and spend the rest of the day entertaining each other,” says Dancilla Nyirafandi, one of the beneficiaries.

They don’t feel lonely and abandoned anymore. They are more secure. Although each house has four rooms and a kitchen, they have opted sharing meals from the same table, but back home, each family can switch on their TV screen to watch news, except a few whose screens have been broken down.

At the moment, more units with the same setup, estimated at Rwf50 million each, are being rolled out across the country. There is one in Kayonza, Rwamagana, Rulindo and Huye districts.

Genocide Widows Urgently Need Houses, Despite Jeannette Kagame’s Effort

Rulindo house was recently launched, while the other houses will be launched soon each to host 8 elderly widows.

The twin houses in Kicukiro and Nyarugenge districts, all in Kigali City, host 16 and 18 elderly respectively.

Their setup is different from the previous ones, whereby an elderly is settled in one part and a caretaker’s family in the next part of the twin house, according to Gihana.

Meanwhile, Francoise Murekatete, the Secretary General of AVEGA told KT Press, that 300 of the elderly widows need houses urgently.

The 100-year old Mukarurangwa, who lost all her six children and the husband during the genocide, narrates the nature of risk vulnerable widows face.

Genocide Widows Urgently Need Houses, Despite Jeannette Kagame’s Effort

She recalls in 2013 when unknown assailants stormed her house and forced her to give them money, which she did not have. “They strangled me and left me almost dead. They broke my backbone,” she said.

But now she is comfortable, happy, secure and settled.

He colleague Nirere, with a wide smile on her face, has one sincere word, “We are thankful for the First Lady’s generosity.  We know there are many Rwandans who need such favours, but don’t get it.”

Genocide Widows Urgently Need Houses, Despite Jeannette Kagame’s Effort

 

 

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