Staff of World Vision-Rwanda has paid tribute to victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis by visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial site in Gisozi and donating basic necessities to elderly Genocide widows.
The staff also prayed for the 10 households of widows who stay in Avega village, Kimironko Sector, Gasabo District.
George Gitau, the Country Director of World Vision Rwanda, started the day’s activities by leading his team in the visit to the widows, to whom they donated a three-month supply of food items that included rice, beans, sugar and milk, among other general household supplies such as soap.
From Kimironko, the staff went to the Kigali Genocide Memorial where they laid wreaths on the mass graves of over 250,000 victims.
A minute of silence in tribute to the more than one million victims of the Genocide was observed before the staff was guided through the memorial with explanations on how the genocide was planned and executed, as well as on the country’s recovery over the last 23 years.
“We remember the innocent lives that were lost in the genocide,” said Gitau.
Gitau urged Rwandans to recommit to “Never Again” letting genocide happen, and pledged the World Vision’s continued support to the government in fighting genocide ideology and promoting economic development.
“People from most African countries need to visit this memorial to understand what bad leadership can lead to and learn from today’s Rwandan government what the country has achieved in the last 23 years,” he said.
World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose ministry focuses on community-based development through interventions in health, economic empowerment, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and many other areas that a community needs to progress. It currently works in 18 districts in Rwanda.