The signing has today been witnessed by the Chinese Ambassador Henry H. Rao and Imbuto Foundation’s Director General, Sandrine Umutoni at the headquarters of Chinese embassy in Kigali.
The support is in the framework of China-Africa People-to-People Friendship Action, an initiative launched by the Chinese government to support and promote exchanges and cooperation between NGOs, women and youth from China and Africa.
Imbuto Foundation and the Chinese embassy have signed MoUs in support of the scholarship programme that supports over 100 brilliant but financially challenged students which has been renewed since 2013.
Memorandum of Understandings signed today concern existing students supported by Chinese embassy through Imbuto Foundation based on agreements signed between both parties on 18th September 2018 excluding those who have graduated.
Graduates will be replaced by new beneficiaries based on existing selection criteria of recruitment for students supported under Edified Generation including excellence performance and being born from a vulnerable family.
Imbuto Foundation DG, Umutoni welcomed the support saying it will strengthen projects meant to promote inclusive education eliminating barriers of financial constraints.
Ambassador Hongwei highlighted that the gesture is a result of commendable relationships between both countries strengthened by the exchange of visits between both Heads of State where President Kagame visited Beijing in March 2017 while President Xi Jinping came to Rwanda in July 2018.
It is expected that at least US$ 300 will be spent to each boarding student per year. Imbuto Foundation will cater for school fees, school kits and medical insurance throughout the year.
Launched in 2003, Edified Generation was initiated to financially support secondary school students from economically vulnerable backgrounds, in their pursuit of education.
Beneficiaries of this programme receive assistance of up to USD 300 per year to help pay for their living costs, health insurance and school supplies. Each year, Imbuto Foundation holds a holiday camp, where the scholars are taught how to manage their health, finances and receive the necessary tools to be successful in both their professional and personal endeavors.
Since its launch, more than 8,000 scholarships have been awarded to secondary school boys and girls.