Founded by two Rwandans living in Canada, Josephine Murphy Bukuru and Joselyne Alexandre Butoyi in 2007, the charity aims to support disadvantaged people especially orphans.
Speaking to IGIHE, the Director of Shelter Them Batarure, Jules Higiro said they have expanded activities from supporting needy children to supporting their families.
Higiro was Friday sharing Christmas and New Year moments with 77 children supported by the organization.
The organization also provided them with school materials.
“We support 77 children from 22 families in Gasabo and Bugesera districts. We support them with school fees for both primary and secondary school, health insurance locally known as Mutuelle de Santé and provide them with daily meals,” said Higiro.
“We constructed houses for eight households living in extreme poverty in Bugesera, we donated them domestic animals and funds for Mutuelle de Santé.” He said the whole support is estimated at $102,000 (about Rwf86 million).
The funds were donated by philanthropists in Canada and the United States of America under the coordination of Bukuru and Butoyi.
Valentine Musabyimana, head of Agateko Village, Kabuye Cell, Nyarugenge Sector, in Bugesera District, hailed the organisation’s activities for contributing to the welfare of the population.
“This organisation has supported vulnerable households with shelters and took back to school former dropouts. We wish to see their support reaching more people,” she said.
President Paul Kagame gave a plot in Bugesera to the organization in 2013 which they plan to use for more benevolent activities.
According to the organization, they target to construct a youth center, vocational school and 10 houses to shelter the neediest orphans. All the activities are set to cost $700.