The award was presented on Monday in Kigali by the Ambassador of Japan in Rwanda, Takayuki Miyashita to Gatera Rudasingwa and Mami Yoshida Rudasingwa, the founders of Mulindi Japan One Love Project.
Speaking at the event, Takayuki said that it is a recognition of the project’s great job both in Rwanda and Japan.
“They are doing great job in the country, which is why we are recognizing them. They are producing artificial limbs and training Rwandan people in orthopedics studies” he said adding that they do all activities free of charge.
Speaking at the event, Mami Yoshida said that they were pleased to receive the Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister’s recognition.
“It is over 20 years since we started helping people with disabilities in Rwanda, a period that has been characterized by pleasant and bumpy experiences,” she said, adding that the project has got support from both Japan and Rwanda government.
Yoshida said that in collaboration with a Japanese company, they are considering to bring new technology of prosthetic-making. “If we could get this technology, we can make more prosthetics at low prices not only in Rwanda, but also all over Africa” she added.
MP Gaston Rusiha representing people with disabilities in parliament commended the project saying they were greatly contributing to the welfare of people with disabilities since they started operating in Rwanda.