Karema made the pledge on 22nd August 2021 as she took over from the outgoing president, Sarah Doukouré hailing from Ivory Coast.
Rotary Club Kigali-Doyen was established 55 years ago.
Karema has previously served as the head of funds mobilization department at the club.
Speaking to IGIHE, Karema revealed that she will draw attention to promoting charitable activities funded by the organization.
“Normally, members of Rotary International are experts with different backgrounds. Some of them are entrepreneurs or work with different institutions. It is therefore our responsibility to bring them together and consolidate efforts towards common goals to conceptualize and implement projects beneficial to the community,” she said.
Karema explained that the organization seeks to raise approximately Rwf30 million from members and other donors to execute different projects aimed at impacting the community within which they operate.
“We have several projects to in the pipeline. For instance, we started building hand washing facility for students last year complementing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We also have a project to plant trees to contribute to environment preservation efforts, prevent erosion and plan to subscribe vulnerable residents for community based health insurance, support teen mothers and hospitals to acquire medical supplies during times of COVID-19 among others,” she noted.
Karema pledged to work with other clubs to execute a number of mega projects and increase Rotaract clubs.
The outgoing president, Sarah Doukouré revealed that last year’s activities prioritized interventions to people affected by COVID-19.
“I would like to call upon members to maintain acts of benevolence to members of the community and remain committed to changing the world into a better place to live in,” she advised.
Rotary Club Kigali-Doyen plans to increase members from 36 to 46 this year.
Rotary club is an organization purposed to bring together businesses and professionals to provide humanitarian services and providing support in addressing problems facing the world by combating illiteracy and poverty, contributing to the provision of safe water, handling disputes and fighting disease.
Rotary Club International was established 116 years ago. It is currently comprised of 1.2 million members from 200 countries.
In Rwanda, the organization has 157 members from seven clubs including Rotary Club Kigali Doyen, Mont Jali, Musanze Murera, Butare, Gasabo, Kigali-Virunga and Bugoyi Ibirunga.
These clubs get new leaders every year on rotational basis.