Sarah Doukouré is replacing Eddy Sebera who was President of the Club for the last 2 years.
The handover ceremony took place on July 9, 2020, and it was attended by Members of the Rotary Clubs of Rwanda.
For more than 50 Years, Rotary Clubs in Rwanda have contributed to improving access to clean water, quality of education, fight against epidemics such as the eradication of rabies, the eradication of ignorance and poverty, the protection of the environment and the struggle for peace.
Eddy Sebera said that during his two years in charge of Rotary Club Kigali, much has been done to improve people’s lives.
“We have contributed in the health sectors, education, among others.’’ He said
He said that the club has grown positively with more women on board.
“This year of presidency went very well and I am particularly happy about it. You Rotarians are responsible for it based on your commitment to the Club. You have been regularly present to encourage me while making a valuable contribution to the dynamism of the Club by showing me your confidence as your President.’’ Said Sebera.
Sebera added that he has no doubt with his successor, Sarah Doukouré would continue to lead the Rotary family in a positive direction and advised her to continue the spirit of changing our world to a better place.
“I’m happy and I know Sarah will take us far.’’
Sarah Doukouré joined Rotary in 2017, being the first woman to hold this position in the last 10 years in the Rotary Club Kigali.
She said that becoming president as a foreigner shows how Rotary Club Kigali is open to anyone who wants to contribute.
“This day marks a new beginning in my calling as a member of the Rotary club. It is a heavy responsibility because it means that next year I will be representing all the projects we will have.’’
Among projects she will focus on are projects related to helping those affected by COVID-19.
“Rwanda has been reacting to the pandemic in a very strong and positive way….this gives us, as Rotarian the will and engagement to do the same; to continue to contribute and to help the community because that is what we are here for.” She said
She also stressed that she will continue to work to increase the number of new female members.
“For the past three years, I have been trying to recruit other women into the Rotary Club. Today we are about ten women out of 30 members of the Rotary club of Kigali. We really want to recruit more women to join us, that would be my honor and that will be my focus.’’ Doukouré added
During her term, Doukouré Says she will be working hand in hand with Eddy Sebera as Vice President and in charge of Projects; Karema Carole is in charge of Fundraising; Ndoba Mugunga in charge of the Foundation; Kayitare Florent has been appointed as the Secretary of the Club at the same time as looking after the Youth Affairs; Ida Alexandra is the Deputy Secretary while Kaburame Julien is the Treasurer.
Jeannette Rugera, the Assistant District Governor of Rotary in the District 9150, was present in the ceremony to represent the District and she assured the new President of Rotary Club Kigali to be there for her as she resumes her new role.
“It is a pleasure to have a woman as the president of Rotary Club Kigali; I will be here to assist. We will be working together, there are a lot of projects that we will be working on together focusing on needed medicine for these special times of fighting COVID-19.’’ ADG Rugera said
In its contribution to the prevention of COVID-19, Rotary Club Kigali Doyen donated 4,000 bags to Rutsiro residents; donated 13 million Frw to both Kigali University Hospital (CHUK) and King Faisal; they also donated more than 900 liters of hand sanitizer and cleaning equipment to RBC. They also donated 3 million Frw to support Solid Africa, a charity that cares for patients in public hospitals and helps them get food.
In Rwanda, Rotary is made up of six clubs including Musanze, Kigali Mont Jali, Kigali Virunga, Kigali Doyen, Kigali Gasabo and Butare with 112 members.