MTN Rwanda employees have visited Maryohe village of Nyamigina cell accommodating genocide survivors in Tare sector of Nyamagabe district, gave them Rwf 9 million and visited Murambi genocide memorial.
The visit which took place yesterday was part of supporting survivors as Rwanda holds the 23rd commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
During the visit, Bart Hofker, MTN Rwanda CEO comforted survivors promising keeping closer stay.
“We have visited you and bring message of comfort and financial support. We will keep supporting you. We are today donating Rwf 9 million for your welfare,” he said.
He expressed grief over horrendous situation that took over one million lives of Tutsi during 1994 genocide stressing the need to visit memorials for whoever comes to Rwanda.
Genocide survivors suggested spending the fund on renovating their houses.
“Our houses have deteriorated and are about to fall. Roof leak when it rains. I suggest using the fund to build our houses to have better residences,” said Consolée Nyirandikubwimana.
The president of Ibuka in Tare sector, Simeon Mutangana lauded the idea of renovating houses.
“The hardest problem for Genocide survivors in this village is related to accommodation. Their houses were built in 1997 and1998 most of which are now old. I do support the idea of using the donations to renovate houses,” he said.
The mayor of Nyamagabe district, Philbert Mugisha, lauded MTN Rwanda for the kind act noting that the money will be spent in accordance with desires of beneficiaries.
“We renovated 10 houses last year in this village but there are others that need urgent renovation,” he said.
Maryohe village accommodates 45 families comprised of more than 180 people with a majority of the houses requiring renovation.
After the visit to survivors, MTN Rwanda staff visited Murambi memorial to pay tribute to 50,000 victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.