Every year, Rwanda commemorates the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, a period that spans for 100 days during which over 1 million victims were killed for their innate personality.
It is a time to reflect on dark history that characterized the country, learn from it to prevent reoccurrence, comfort Genocide survivors and help them to lead decent life.
It is in this context that Kigali Serena Hotel, on Saturday 8th May 2021, donated five cows to Genocide survivors including two women and three men residing in Nyabugogo cell, Kigali sector.
Despite the fact that hotels are among other businesses affected by COVID-19 pandemic, the General Manager of Kigali Serena Hotel, Daniel Sambai explained that the gesture is part of their responsibilities to support survivors especially during these difficult times.
“We thought about donating cows because we wanted to do something different from what we did in the previous years. By donating a cow, you are helping someone to become a farmer and get milk. When the cow produces offspring, they are passed to other families that it ends up creating a long chain. That is why we wanted to provide this kind of support that lasts long,” he said.
Erick Mugesera, Kigali Serena Hotel Human Resources Manager explained that they organize charitable activities every year to build hope to Genocide survivors.
“This gesture conveys a message to Genocide survivors that they are not alone. We are together in good and difficult times. It also leaves a message to propagandists denying and trivializing Genocide against Tutsi. We are showing them that there is hope for a better future and call upon the global community to stand against such destructive mindsets,” he said.
Léonard Ndacyayisenga, one of beneficiaries thanked donors and promised to take good care of received cow.
“I would like to express my gratitude to Kigali Serena Hotel for giving us cows because a cow is a symbol of love and prosperity. I am very happy for the donation and promise to take good care of it,” he said.
The representative of Genocide survivors in Kigali sector, Pie Hitimana has explained that beneficiaries will enjoy transformed livelihoods and get milk easily.
“I thank Serena Hotel on behalf of Genocide survivors in Kigali sector. As Genocide survivors, we also pledge to continue walking with Rwandans along the resilience journey and consolidate gains,” he noted.
The Executive Secretary of Nyarugenge district, Emmy Ngabonziza also extolled Kigali Serena Hotel for supporting development initiatives and requested beneficiaries to keep these cows properly so that they can be passed to fellows.
“You have been with us all the times. I would like to assure you that Genocide survivors will take care of received cows, make profitable businesses and pass heifers to colleagues,” he said.
Last year, Kigali Serena Hotel donated food items to 150 families in Kinyinya sector including of Genocide survivors, military veterans and the community of Rwandans evicted from Tanzania.