The celebration took place on 5th July 2019 at Kigali Marriott Hotel.
Rotary Club Kigali Mont Jali was established in 1999 as a subsidiary of Rotary Club Kigali Doyen [which was launched in Rwanda 50 years ago].
Like other rotary clubs, Kigali Mont Jali focuses on providing support to addressing problems facing the world by combating illiteracy and poverty, contributing to the provision of safe water, handling disputes, fighting outbreaks and combating through the provision of poliomyelitis vaccinations among other activities supporting the needy.
The president of Rotary Club Kigali Mont Jali, Aimé Kabandana lauded all members for their contributions towards implementation of projects supporting needy people.
“I thank you all for the commitment and I hope we shall together achieve more to transform the world into a better place,” he said.
Rotary Club Kigali Mont Jali comprises of 20 members including Jeannette Rugera, the President of Rotary Club in Rwanda.
She said members are proud for their support to Rwanda’s development process.
“We realized different achievements including the provision of safe water to Rulindo residents. We funded Little Angel school primary school located in Mbyo, Mayange sector of Bugesera district where we provided school kits to students and desks among others. We bought sewing machines, plumber equipment for vocational schools, fed vulnerable students and paying their school fees among others,” said Rugera.
In 2018, the club in collaboration with Kigali Virunga and Gasabo clubs planted 6000 trees in line with environmental preservation efforts.
Rugera said more efforts are needed to increase the number of Rotary Clubs’ members.
“For the past 20 years, the value of our activities is over Rwf 1 billion. We spend almost Rwf 50 million during activities held every year depending on funded projects. There is the need of youth engagement to sustain such projects,” she noted.
Members of Rotary Club Kigali Mont Jali visit different schools every year where they donate various equipment and Mutuelle de Santé among other contributions. It also partners with other clubs to make health care services accessible to citizens through Medicare.
The president of Rotary Club Kigali Doyen, Sebera Eddy who was among guests of the event said that people should understand that the clubs are not meant for members with bigger turnovers but everyone with kindhearted committed to improved welfare of the community.
Sarah Doukoure from Ivory Cost and member of Rotary Club Kigali Doyen said Rotary Rwanda has been doing a great job within the past three years since she came to Rwanda. “This anniversary reflects the contribution of this club to the progress of the country. All clubs in Rwanda are unique because they not only donate but also take heed on sustainability,” she said.
Rotary International, the mother of rotary clubs was established by Paul Percy Harris on 23rd February 1905. It has over 1.2 million members grouped into 35, 000 clubs in over 220 countries and districts.
Rotary Club in Rwanda comprises of six clubs including Musanze, Kigali Mont Jali, Kigali Virunga, Kigali Doyen, Gasabo and Butare with 104 members.