Rotary areas of focus are peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic, and community development.
Among the ongoing projects is a second flagship project by Rotary Club of Kigali Virunga-’ The Rotary House for Cancer Patients’ that will accommodate cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy at Rwanda Cancer Center at Rwanda Military Hospital.
Located in Kinyinya, the building will host between 30 to 50 patients, provide them with shelter, transport to and from the hospital, and other basics. It will cost Rwf70 million. In general worthy 100 million Frw.
Other projects include supporting people with disabilities and assisting in paying for Mutuelle de Sante subscriptions, major medical insurance in Rwanda. Kigali Public Library is among the club’s Flagship projects.
The new president who will serve a term of 2020-2021, Jwala Kumar, told IGIHE that his predecessor has done a great job of completing the building and that he will continue to do so to ensure that beneficiaries start using it.
In general, he said many activities during his tenure would focus on health, including paying for health insurance, advocating for the Government in the fight against COVID-19, and more.
Kumar has also indicated that he will partner with other Rotary Clubs from other countries in joint international projects.
“I thank Jwala who is the President of Rotary Club Kigali Virunga who has a wide range of skills and has been in Rwanda for more than 10 years, with a business background. As I said, the most important thing about Rotary is that it brings people together to share knowledge and to be involved in Humanitarian activities,” Ambassador of India in Rwanda, Shri Oscar Kerketta- who was the Guest of honor for the event, said.
During this installation event, two new Rotarians were inducted to Kigali Virunga Rotary club.
Other Rotary Officials present were:
The Assistant District Governor Rtn Jeannette Rugera and Past Assistant District Governor ( 2017-18) CPP Paul Masterjerb Birungi, who both in their concluding remarks underscored the good team spirit portrayed both in the organization of the event and in the accomplishment of the Rotary House for cancer patients. Also acknowledged the partnerships including the Government of Rwanda.
Rotary Club Kigali Virunga is made up of 32 members from all over the world including Rwandans, Kenyans, Indians, Sudanese, Ugandans, Nigerians, Americans including Diplomats as ambassadors from different countries. In Rwanda, there are six Rotary clubs, namely; Musanze-Murera, Kigali Mont Jali, Kigali Virunga, Kigali Doyen, Gasabo, and Butare.