Rwandans in the US are positioning themselves to build a more cohesive and vibrant community to actively get involved in the social, cultural, and economic development of the country.
During celebrations of the Heroes’ Day at the weekend in Washington DC, the group held a strategic meeting in Maryland, where they elected community leaders to champion their cause.
Rwanda’s ambassador to Washington Mathilde Mukantabana, who chaired the meeting, commended the newly-elected community leaders for their commitment to reposition the Rwandan Community in the US and pledged the embassy’s support.
She saluted the national heroes and invited the community leaders and the embassy team members to draw inspiration from them, preserve their legacy, and propel Rwanda forward, according to a statement from the embassy.
Eng. Gaetan Gatete, president of the US Rwandan community, briefed the leaders on their role in their respective communities and ways in which their organisations can contribute to nation building.
“The discussion evolved around ways we can work together to strengthen community mobilisation with special civic and cultural engagement of the youth. The parties developed a collective action plan aimed at promoting education, knowledge and skills transfer, as well as improving our country’s communication and media use,” the statement said.
The meeting ended on a high note with all parties committing to continue working together to strengthen the Rwandan community in the United Stated as a way to promote Rwanda.