In the context of the 23rd commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsis, a delegation of the Rwanda Development Bank (BRD) on Wednesday donated iron sheets for roofing of newly constructed houses of genocide survivors in Kirehe district Eastern province.
At the district’s Kigina sector, the team helped finish the roofing of Imelda Mukasharangabo, a 44-year-old widow and mother of 6 children.
“I cannot express my joy,” she said. “For years I have been living in poor conditions in a small house, which was especially bad during the rainy season. But now I have reason to thank God for blessing me through the hands of these well-wishers.”
Her new house is among 99 others of the same type being constructed in various parts of the district, with the aim to improve the wellbeing of those who were particularly affected by the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis. The district, the Reserve Forces and BRD all contribute to the project which has a first phase of 22 houses.
Kirehe Mayor Gerald Muzungu explained that the project concerns more than 100 households, and the support from various organizations is highly commendable.
“Like BRD, they pledged to support us with roofing of the houses we intend to construct, which helped us save on our budget so we can build even more houses,” he said.
Referring to the Reserve Force which is in charge of the construction, he said: “We appreciate their skills especially in engineering as well as their integrity, which is admirable.”
BRD’s support to the project is part of its annual corporate social responsibility program which targets a sustained positive impact. Among the areas of support are health, housing and agriculture.
The roofing support to the Kirehe project amounts to Rwf 42 million. For the last three years, BRD has been supporting Kirehe district through CSR because of the pressing needs identified in the area. The bank’s Chief Risk Officer, Peter Rwambala, explained that the district was hard hit by the war and genocide.
“So far we have constructed the Nyarubuye memorial site and also paid Mutuelle, mattresses and offered 5 sewing machines to an association of genocide widows,” he remarked. “We believe that the support will change their lives for better.”
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