HUYE – The National University of Rwanda community on Wednesday donated over Rwf4miilion towards the ‘one dollar’ campaign initiated by the Rwandan Diaspora to support survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Handing over the cheque, the University, Rector Professor Silas Lwakabamba said that their contribution is part of the university’s social responsibility.
He explained that the donation is a culmination of varying monetary contributions from students, administrative and academic staff, including the university management.
He said that over the last four years the university has been involved in different programs geared at helping orphans and Genocide widows.
“We have continued to help student Genocide survivors at the university in many different ways which include; priority to accommodation and jobs during holidays,” Lwakabamba said.
The university also provides 10 scholarships to students from child headed families in Tumba and Matyazo while university students have built houses for vulnerable widows in Gisagara district.
Receiving the donation, Seyinzoga Nkongoli, the ‘One dollar’ campaign project manager commended the university community for the generous contribution towards the campaign.
“You have added another stone to this important building exercise,” Nkongoli said. “We call for your continued support until our dream is realised.”
According to Nkongoli, construction will be done in phases.
“We will start with the first phase where we will construct a complex to accommodate about 300 students. Other phases will continue as funds become available,” he said.
Jean Paul Kabera, the National Coordinator of Genocide Survivors Students Association, said the NUR has made the biggest contribution in the schools and universities category.
“We have so far received Rwf33million from schools and universities, we are grateful to the NUR for being the biggest contributor in this category,” said Kabera.
The campaign has so far raised Rwf850million out of the targeted Rwf1.5billion.