Imbuto Foundation's scholarship projects get Rwf24m IHS boost


IHS Rwanda with Imbuto Foundation representatives during the MoU signing. / Courtesy

IHS Rwanda Ltd has donated to Imbuto Foundation $30,000 (approximately Rwf24m) to fund scholarships for 100 children from vulnerable backgrounds and have shown great academic achievements.

The beneficiaries will be selected through the Foundation’s scholarship programme dubbed: “Edified Generation.”

This contribution follows an initial donation of $15,000 (Rwf12m) and includes funding for the Foundation’s mentorship programme with select IHS Rwanda staff members becoming new Imbuto Foundation mentors.

The donation was made by Frederic Sohier, IHS Rwanda Country Manager, and accepted by Sandrine Umutoni, the Acting Director General at Imbuto Foundation.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the two representatives on 27 October 2016, according to a statement.

“IHS Rwanda’s approach to Corporate Social Responsibility underpins the way in which it does business, and its programmes are aimed at the improvement of local communities through a focus on people, education and empowerment, business ethics, energy and the environment,” reads part of the statement.

IHS Rwanda was established in 2013 and today manages 770 telecommunications towers throughout Rwanda.

About Imbuto Foundation

Established by the First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame in 2001, Imbuto Foundation implements a holistic approach to uplift the most vulnerable communities through education, health, and socio-economic programmes.

About the Edified Generation

The Edified Generation programme was initiated in 2003 with an objective to financially support students from economically vulnerable backgrounds in their pursuit of education.

Beneficiaries of this programme receive assistance of up to $300 per year, to help pay for their living costs, health insurance and their school supplies. Each year, through an annual holiday camp, the scholars are equipped with entrepreneurship, public speaking and leadership skills, among many topics.

Since its launch, more than 6,000 boys and girls secondary-school students have been awarded scholarships.