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Telco refurbishes houses of Rwanda genocide widows


KIGALI – MTN has donated Rwf 8 million for the renovation of houses for women rendered widows by the unforgettable genocide that hit Rwanda more than 20 years ago.

Beneficiaries include the Association of the Widows of Rwanda, AVEGA Agahozo as well as Kinyinya Sector Authority.

Mary Asiimwe, MTN’s General Manager for Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Management, said that the assistance offered to the widows is meant to facilitate the completion of houses to improve the standards of living for the widows.

“Every year MTN supports vulnerable genocide survivors in different parts of Rwanda, and has for a long time also supported AVEGA Agahozo.

“By supporting the renovation of homes and seeing the completion of an income generating structure for the widows, we ensure that these women are cared for and in the long run aim at attaining self-reliance,” Asiimwe said.

Benefactors welcomed the donation.

“AVEGA members have received diverse support from MTN Rwanda over the years which has been very helpful in the improvement of the widows’ welfare,” President of AVEGA Agahozo, Mukabayire Valerie.

The Executive Secretary of Kinyinya Sector, Felix Kayihura also expressed his gratitude to MTN.

“MTN’s support, be it monetary or emotional, will go a long way in helping to rebuild the lives of the survivors, especially when it comes to striving for a brighter and sustainable future,” said Kayihura.

The Rwandan genocide is the lowest point in the East African country’s history.

During the approximate 100-day period from April 7, 1994, to mid-July, an estimated 500 000–1 million Rwandans were killed, constituting as much as 20 percent of the country’s total population and 70 percent of the Tutsi then living in Rwanda.

– CAJ News




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