Rwanda National Police peacekeepers serving in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) have donated various items and food to orphans of the 2013 crisis.
The peacekeepers donated bedding including mattresses, bedsheets, bedcovers, mosquito nets and mats to the orphanage of the Orthodox Mission of Byzantine of Bimbo. The donation, meant mainly for children younger than five, also include toys, shoes, washing basins, towels, and soap, as well as food including rice, cooking oil and biscuits.
At the event that was attended by top MINUSCA officials including the police commissioner Roland Zamora, the Rwandan contingent also cleaned up the compound of the centre.
The event was attended by the Governor of the Ombella-M'Poko, Pierre Claver Zinga and the Rwanda Formed Police Unit (FPU) Contingent Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Elias Mwesigye.
The donation was made possible thanks to financial contributions by each of the 36 individual police officers currently serving in CAR as mentors and advisers.
Police commissioner Zamora lauded the initiative.
"It is a historical example that Rwandan peacekeepers have set for the whole peacekeeping component in CAR," he remarked. “Even though others may emulate the same example for the orphans in the future, it will remain recorded in MINUSCA history that Rwandans created the precedent.”
Senior superintendent of police Andrew Ndoli, highlighted tolerance, social cohesion and reconciliation as essential factors in the reconstruction and transformation of the country.
“This activity aims at helping the orphans to build a life of dignity by providing them with basic items for their dormitories and conducting cleaning activities in their compound as well as raising awareness amongst tutors and neighbouring population on security, tolerance, nonviolence and reconciliation so as to ensure a peaceful environment for today’s children and tomorrow’s CAR citizens,” he said.