MTN donates to Genocide widows
Rwamagana-MTN yesterday donated cement worth over Rwf 2 million to Genocide widows in Fumbwe Sector, Rwamagana District.
A delegation of MTN staff, led by the Chief Operations Officer, Andrew Rugege, also visited the Musha Genocide site, which is under construction, and donated Rwf 1 million.
Rugege disclosed that the donation is meant to facilitate the completion of houses in the sector, adding that the assistance offered to the widows, particularly during this commemorative period, goes beyond the surface.
“We had donated 300 iron sheets to the same women. it is thus imperative that we give them cement, to help them improve their houses,” he said. He added that the Musha cemetery too, is in an advanced stages of completion and that his organisation assistance was vital.
“Ours is not only monetary support, but also a moral one. We are here to comfort and help the widows to go through this trying time of remembering their beloved ones,” he affirmed.
The Executive Secretary of AVEGA, Odette Kayirere, said that MTN has for long been supporting widows in the province.
AVEGA is a non-profit organisation set up by women Genocide survivors to address various issues affecting them.
She said AVEGA members have received diverse material support that was instrumental in the improvement of the widows’ welfare.
“So many years ago, MTN donated iron sheets to construct over 70 houses for the widows. This was a great kick-start for us in AVEGA...we thus appreciate their everlasting support and care,” she said.
One of the beneficiaries, Leocadie Ugirinka, said that MTN’s support was timely and would undoubtedly help many widows.
She said that the commemoration period coincided with heavy April rains that exacerbated the conditions of families living in poor shelters.
“When someone gets close to you at this period, know that he or she is a great friend. One despairs more when remembering the victims of Genocide in poor shelter...I am very happy that I am among the beneficiaries,” she observed.