Beneficiaries are from Ngoma, Kayonza, Rwamagana, Gatsibo and Nyagatare districts in Eastern Province. These equipment were donated on funding of Canada based organization dubbed ‘Sleeping children around the world’.
The donation exercise was completed on Sunday 28th March 2021 in Rwamagana district attended by USA ambassador in Rwanda, Peter Vrooman who is also a member of Rotary Club.
Every learner received a mattress, wash basins, bed sheets, notebooks, shows, school uniforms, face masks and underwear for girls.
Jennifer Ingabire, former president of Rotary Club Kigali Virunga, while she heading the Club, a Canadian organisation named Sleeping Children Around the World asked them to work with them as overseas volunteering partner in the distribution of the materials to children though it was delayed by Covid-19 pandemic.
“The organization believes that a child who sleeps well grows properly and, studies well. That is why we have donated mattresses and school kits,” she said.
Ingabire said that the donations were distributed to 300 students in every beneficiary district half of whom are girls.
The mayor of Rwamagana district, Mbonyumuvunyi Radjab thanked the Government of Rwanda for good collaboration with partners including Rotary Club highlighting that the support targeted beneficiaries who couldn’t even get decent shelter without the district’s intervention.
“Most of these beneficiaries are people whom we helped to get shelter and needed mattresses. When a child eats and sleeps well performs better at school. We thank donors for the great gesture supporting children as they gold the future of our country,” he said.
Residents of children who received donations expressed optimism for good performance.
“My child has been sleeping on banana leaves. From today, my child will sleep in a comfortable bed. I thank donors and the Government for thinking about us,” said Mukagasana Christine, a resident of Karutimbo village, Cyanya cell, Kigabiro sector.
Nyiransabimana Martha, residing in Isangano village, Binunga cell, Munyiginya sector said she would hardly get school kits for her children.
“I would not provide all necessary school kits to my child but he will look smart like colleagues and hopefully perform well because it is hard to concentrate on studies when a child has problems,” she explained.
Musabyimana Ange, a learner from Primary 6, said receiving the mattress and school items gives her courage to study well and demonstrate good performance during national examinations.
Rotary Club has been involved in different charitable activities like support to vulnerable residents, building public library in Kigali and accommodation facilities for cancer patients at Kanombe among other activities.
Rotary Club Virunga Kigali is comprised of 32 members. It is part of five clubs across the country.