The livestock donated by Compassion International (a non-profit organization) include 19 cows, 8613 chickens, 150 sheep and 357 goats.
The ceremony took place yesterday in Nyundo sector where beneficiary children were represented by parents and guardians.
After receiving 3 chickens and a sheep, Tuyivugehose Pauline said donations will improve nutrition and prevent her children from malnutrition diseases.
“I will first breed the livestock to produce offspring. This will help us to rebuild, attain progress, clothe children, easily subscribe to Mutuelle de Santé and eat eggs. My children won’t suffer from Kwashiorkor because we will have eggs at home. The support gives optimism to become self-reliant,” she said.
Nzabarinda Thomas also appreciated the kind gesture noting that it will uplift his family’s welfare.
“The donations make me a livestock farmer. I have received three modern chickens and intend to buy traditional Rwandan chickens to hatch eggs. No stunting will be reported at my household. I call upon my colleagues to take good care of them if they are to attain progress,” he noted.
Niyonzima Elyse, the coordinator of Compassion Rwanda projects in Rubavu district has requested parents not to take the support for granted.
“You should keep well distributed livestock because the support is not for granted. You need to rebuild and become self-reliant. You have to take good care of these livestock, to produce offspring and attain significant progress apparent to everyone,” he said.
The vice mayor for social affairs in Rubavu district, Ishimwe Pacifique also urged beneficiaries to take advantage of the livestock and set goals to become financially stable residents.
“You are privileged to receive the livestock because all vulnerable residents don’t get such advantage. To this end, the district wants you to manage them well to become self-reliant. You have to set goals within specific time so that you can showcase what you have achieved as we return to visit you,” she said.