Rotary clubs have for long been contributing to improving the quality of water supply, quality of education, fighting epidemics, ignorance and poverty, protecting the environment and promoting peace.
Assistant District Governor - District 9150, Rugera Jeannette, said the donations raised by the Rotary Club are in line with continued promotion of hygiene.
"This support to the schools is meant to fight the Covid-19. We as Rotary Club Rwanda have not stayed behind. We found it good to join the government, especially now that some children have returned to school, and others will be joining them soon. There are still need for handwashing stations.’’
She added that the campaign was going to start in Kigali but will be scaled to other districts.
"Right now we are going to start with five schools, three in Kigali and two in other districts," She said. “This is a great start, but it will continue to be a great way to get kids to wash as much as possible."
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Rwanda, Rotary clubs have joined hands with others to help those affected by the spread of the pandemic, including feeding the needy and the unemployed, buying facemasks for the needy and providing medical equipment to health workers.
Baguma Rose, Director General of the Ministry of Education for Policy and Planning, told IGIHE that they already have plans to expand bathrooms in schools, praising the Rotary club’s role in the fight against COVID-19.
"As MINEDUC, we are very grateful to the Rotary Club for their support in helping us to build a place for children to go to school," she said.
“Nowadays, children are starting to go back to school but you know that one of the strategies put in place by the Ministry of Health includes regular washing throughout the day, wearing masks and other measures. So this is one of the ways we can help protect children from COVID-19 infection while they are at school. ’’
In Rwanda, Rotary is made up of six clubs including Musanze, Kigali Mont Jali, Kigali Virunga, Kigali Doyen, Gasabo and Butare with 122 members.