A South Korean national Rev. Paul Kim is planning to invest about US$600million (approx Rwf338bn) in the education and health sector in Rwanda.
Kim, the founder of Christian Life World Mission Frontier (CLWMF) a Christian Non-Governmental Organisation based in California, USA which runs community based programmes said that Rwanda is one of his target countries and has already invested about Rwf 2bn in different development projects in the country since 1994.
“We have plans to build kindergartens, primary and secondary schools here in Gasabo District, including an international school. We have already established some projects in Gasabo, Kayonza and Cyangugu (Nyamasheke District) as well as a hospital, as part of our long term plans,” said Kim.
The South Korean now a resident of Oregon, USA was in the country to officiate at the graduation ceremony of 46 students in Bible teaching and tailoring the NGO trained and employed at its new Vocational School in Kinyinya Sector in Gasabo.
Kim, a publisher and a founder of Christian Life Magazine in USA, says he intends to build health facilities and schools intended to help needy and helpless people such as orphans and widows.
He pledged to continue supporting the graduates who include orphans and widows by improving their skills in Korea and also acquire textile machines to help them engage in income generating projects.
“I also intend to support job training, cloth making in Kayonza District, and also sponsor best students that graduated today to USA and Korea for more exposure,” Kim added.
According to Doreen Kagire the director general of CLWMF, the Faith Based Organisation has so far invested over Rwf 2bn in several projects including a vocational and bible school in Kinyinya as well as education and health facilities in Nyamasheke District.
Approximately Rwf1.5bn has been spent to facilitate the organization’s beneficiaries in more than 300 families in Rubavu, Kigali and Kayonza to buy materials for tailoring, sewing machines and acquiring scholastic materials for students.
“Our criteria to select beneficiaries base on their vulnerability,” Kagire told The New Times in an interview. Also present was US Senator John Lim of Portland, Oregon who also hails from Korea and travelled along with Kim.
Lim who now intends to run for Governorship in the State of Oregon hailed Rwanda for what it has achieved in 15 years after the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi and pledged to continue working with the NGO to support vulnerable communities in the country.
Christian Life World Mission Frontiers started shortly after the Genocide when Kim came to Rwanda to witness the atrocities committed against humanity and conceived the idea of starting a relief organisation. He started with a few other people from Korea providing relief services but ended up starting the organisation in 1998.