Before she passed on in November last year, Adele Mukamusonera’s biggest dream was to own a house. Mukamusonera, a former resident of Murama village, Kinyinya sector in Gasabo District, however did not live to see her dream come to pass through ‘Airtel Touching Lives Initiative’. She was one of the lucky Rwandans whose touching stories were nominated among the beneficiaries of the ‘Touching Lives Initiative’ launched by Airtel Rwanda last year, the telecom said in press release on Thursday.
When she appeared on the ‘Touching Lives’ TV show on RBA TV last year, Mukamusonera was promised a permanent house to live in a decent environment.
Unfortunately, the mother of two boys died in November last year before she could receive the house. However, Airtel on Wednesday handed over the house to her sons and relatives.
Speaking at the event, Brian Kirungi, the Airtel legal director, said the ‘Airtel Touching Lives Initiative’ seeks to change lives of disadvantaged Rwandans, adding that season two of the initiative would be launched soon.
“We would be handing over this house to Adele as she always dreamt, but that was not to be as the Lord called her to rest. Nonetheless, today ‘Airtel Touching Lives Initiative’ renews hope and fulfills her dream as her children receive this house on her behalf… God rest her soul in eternal peace,” Kirungi said.
The initiative aimed at offering practical relief, assistance, hope, opportunity and platform to ‘liberate’ and empower the underprivileged persons in society.
Mukamusonera whose touching story could not go unnoticed by the touching lives initiative was lucky to survive the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
She told RBA TV viewers that she contracted HIV through rape that was to, eventually, kill her. Together with her 80-year-old mother, Mukamusonera was being taken care of by her relatives, but dreamt of owning her own house.