As part of their activities especially during the ongoing 100 days of the 23rd commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, members of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP) in Kayonza District, joined hands to support an elderly vulnerable survivor in Nyamirama Sector.
The youthful group in partnership with Police, on Monday, conducted a special Umuganda to construct a fence and other sanitation and hygienic activities of the 61-year old Mukarusengo Pascasia home, who was left disabled by the Genocide, and donated assorted foodstuff and bedding.
Speaking at the event, the national training coordinator of RYVCP Jean Bosco Mutangana said that the “better future of this country lies in what we do as the youth now.”
“This country was brought to ashes by our generation, under the guidance of evil people and leadership; it’s high time we correct that bad past, be pillars of values of unity, reconciliation, security and development,” said Mutangana.
He reminded all members of the youth forum to stand by those values, which they represent and stand for.
The event was also attended by the District Community Liason Officer, Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Leonille Mujawamariya and the Executive Secretary of Nyamirama Sector, Athanase Mukunzi.
The DCLO commended the role of youth volunteers in ensuring community safety partly through awareness and timely information against crimes.
The executive secretary, on the other hand, thanked Rwanda National Police for engaging and empowering the people to ensuring their own safety.
Meanwhile, the district coordinator of RYVCP in Kayonza, Aimable Ntaconayigize, said that plans are also underway to face-lift the house of Mukarusengo, and to continue with other human security activities mainly designed to support Genocide survivors and to support survivors.
With over 100, 000 RYVCP members across the country, over 2000 of them are in Kayonza District. The idea is to increase the membership to at least one million before the end of this year.
Founded in 2013, the organization focuses on advancing national values among their peers, supporting communities through different social protection programmes and crime prevention awareness programmes in schools and communities.
They have over the years conducted social protection and welfare programmes through proving support to the vulnerable groups including genocide survivors, constructing and renovating houses for the poor, environmental protection, awareness campaigns against crimes especially those that are said to be of high impact like illicit drugs, corruption, genocide ideology, gender based violence and child abuse, among others.