Owned by Africa Transformation Network (ATN), a Christian Non-Governmental Organization, the school donated furniture worth Rwf1.6 million to Nyamata Hospital under one of its programmes ‘Urwaze Ubukira’, which started by distributing 15 sets of furniture that can be stretched out and used as chairs and beds.
Clemence Uwineza, a caregiver at Nyamata Hospital said that the furniture comes in handy. “We, as caregivers, usually sleep with patients or sleep on the flour. It was not a good state. This furniture serves two purposes, for sitting during day and sleeping during night,” she said.
The Director for Nyamata Hospital, Dr. Alfred Rutagengwa welcomed the donation saying the hospital will now have appropriate arrangements for patients and caregivers.
The Executive Director of ATN Rwanda, Charles Kabeza, said the furniture was delivered to caregivers to enable them give utmost attention to patients for quicker recovery. “We provided this furniture to caregivers because we know the importance of care-giving in the healing process yet hospitals do not have facilities for them. Their life will be made easy,” he said.
He said that they will add more creativity in making local items that provide multiple solutions to institutional and domestic problems.
The project of making multi-purpose furniture was carried out by students and teachers of Xtra Mile Vocational Training College in a period of six months and target to supply a chair to every patient’s bed in all hospitals across the country.