The UK International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, is set to join fellow members of the Conservative Party currently in the country to carry out their social action project, locally known as “Umubano.”
About 100 volunteers will be part of this year’s visit.
“I am delighted that Project Umubano is in its fifth year and that more people than ever are travelling to Africa to take part,” Andrew Mitchell said
“It is a challenging experience and I am heartened that so many members of the Conservative family are taking time out from their summer to help.”
The project leader, Stephen Crabb MP, said that the volunteers who have since visited Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and Gisimba Orphanage, will coach football and donate clothes among other activities.
“This year’s project builds on the fantastic work already done by the Conservative Party in Rwanda, and I am delighted that so many volunteers have joined us this time,” Crabb said.
“Whether it’s our work with the Rwandan Senate or our ongoing football and cricket coaching programmes, Project Umubano continues to go from strength to strength.”
The Project is in its fifth year with expanded teams going to both Rwanda and Sierra Leone.
Set up in 2007 by Prime Minister David Cameron and Andrew Mitchell MP, Project Umubano is the first social action project in the developing world to be carried out by a British political party
Led by Conservative MPs, the project carries out activities in a diverse range of areas. Volunteers work in core areas of Education, Business, Community Development, Health and Justice.
Every year, since 2007, Members of Parliament, Ministers, lawyers, nurses, business people, teachers and students have funded their own visits to help build a lasting legacy in Africa.
Since 2007, more than 230 volunteers have participated in Project Umubano and many choose to return each year to continue the work they had been doing.
In Rwanda, there is a successful football coaching program and this year, a new cricket coaching program will be unveiled.