Recipients of the food donations have expressed appreciation over the intervention saying that since their work stopped due to lockdown as a measure towards preventing the spread of coronavirus, their feeding patterns have fundamentally changes as they have only been cooking once in a while.
One of the recipients said: "I was earning Rwf1000 from providing labor at a traditional brewing place. But when the coronavirus epidemic hit the country, there were instructions to stop what we were doing. , Feeding became hard. God bless His servants from the EAR whom He used to help us. We thank our government for continued support as well.’’
The Shyira Diocese Bishop, Dr. Mugiraneza Mugisha Samuel, says that these activities are aimed at strengthening the love of God among His people.
"We have offered eight tons of food including rice, maize flour, beans and soap to 360 families, affected by the effects of COVID-19 lockdown. They are those who no longer work to make a living. You can’t love God without loving people; you can’t eat while your neighbor is hungry and you claim to love God. We will continue to work with our country to take care of the victims of these difficult times."
The Governor of the Northern Province, Gatabazi Jean Marie Vianney, urges the people to abide by the Coronavirus prevention guidelines as they also look for feeding solutions from among themselves other than waiting for external support.
"In times of COVID-19 lockdown, we urge the public to continue complying with the regulations. Farmers, especially, should expend more efforts in growing food to counter famine and hunger. Otherwise, religious and other leaders are requested to continue helping communities," he said.
In Rwanda, 126 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus, 25 of whom have recovered and discharged.
Support to the severely affected households began after President Paul Kagame reassured Rwandans on March 27, 2020, urging them to continue with adhering to the guidelines laid down to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
On March 28, 2020, the government launched a nationwide program to provide basic food supplies. It is an activity that involves government, private sector, religious and non-government organizations, among others.