On March 28th, 2020, the government of Rwanda announced it would assist vulnerable families affected by the coronavirus pandemic with food aid.
The activity began after President Paul Kagame addressed the nation on the coronavirus crisis on March 27th, 2020, urging citizens to abide by the ministers of health guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. He promised the government of Rwanda would do its best to assist families that were directly affected by the lockdown.
Only citizens with daily income who cannot go to work due to the lockdown are eligible for the food aid.
Citizens who received the food aid said they were worried about days to come since the lockdown has been extended to April 19th.
A resident of Kinigi sector said "We are very grateful that the government is looking out for us during these critical period and we thank Transformation Ministries for collaborating with the government to reach out to us."
Bishop John Rucyahana, Chairman of the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission and Chairman of Transformation Ministries said it is our responsibility as Rwandans to support each other where possible during the pandemic.
"During this period, it is our duty as Rwandans to stand by each other and support the needy. We have received a great example from our President and other leaders of the country who forfeited their salaries for April to support vulnerable families during the COVID-19 crisis."
Kamanzi Axelle, Musanze Vice-Mayor in charge of social affairs thanked Transformation Ministries and other institutions which strive to maintain the balance and help the poor during these critical times.
"As we are mandated to stay at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, some families with daily incomes cannot afford to live. The food aid came in handy particularly for those vulnerable families."
Currently, up to 1441 citizens in Musanze district have received food aid from the government.