British party officials join Rwandans in Umuganda

More than 20 volunteers from the UK’s Conservative Party under their Project Umubano on Saturday participated in Umuganda in Kacyiru Sector where they built a new drainage system.

More than 20 volunteers from the UK’s Conservative Party under their Project Umubano on Saturday participated in Umuganda in Kacyiru Sector where they built a new drainage system.

Project Umubano is the Conservative Party’s international social action project in Rwanda, Burundi and Sierra Leone.

One of the volunteers of the project, Wendy Morton, said Umuganda is a good initiative in Rwanda that not only helps Rwandans come together and bond but also develops the country thus keeping it clean.

“Community service is a good way of uniting and helping one another. We are always proud to take part in this. We are returning to Rwanda to continue the work we have been doing, and to continue to build a lasting legacy and enduring friendship with the people with whom they work,” she said.

Morton said the volunteers would be joining the Rwandan Cricket team for what has become the annual Umubano Cricket match that takes place after Umuganda.

The UK Conservative voluntary party members have participated in Umuganda several times before. The volunteers include a group of medics who work in a health centre in Kirambi, and another of business persons who are delivering a business and entrepreneurship training course to students from Survivors Fund.  

Project Umubano was set up in 2007 by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and tory Andrew Mitchell to engage in a social action project in the developing world.

The volunteers work in diverse areas, including business and entrepreneurship, education, community development and health.

Since 2007, more than 350 volunteers have participated in Project Umubano.

The team of volunteers arrived in Rwanda on Saturday July 20 for two weeks.

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