April 17, 2024

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Rotary International President Visits Rwanda to Celebrate Success and Strengthen Partnerships

  • Rotary International President Gordon McInally is the third RI President to visit Rwanda;
  • On the first quarter of 2024, Rotary in Rwanda has seen the creation of 2 Rotary Clubs, 1 Rotaract Club and 2 Interact Clubs for a total of more than 250 active members countrywide;
  • Rotary Rwanda has helped eradicate polio, Rwanda is now a polio free country for the past 30 years;
  • The current 12 Rotary Clubs in Rwanda are leading and financing key development projects amounting more than USD 3,5 M.

Rotary International President, Gordon McInally, is scheduled for a three-day working visit to Rwanda from Thursday, March 21st, to Saturday, March 23rd.

As a leading advocate in the global campaign to eradicate polio, Rotary International collaborates closely with the World Health Organization. With over 1.4 million members, leaders, and solution-seekers worldwide, Rotary International stands as a prominent non-governmental humanitarian organization.

This visit aims to strengthen the relationship between the Government of Rwanda and Rotary International, aligning with Rotary International’s core values, notably its commitment to Service above Self in accordance with Rotary International’s fundamental principles. This dedication is exemplified through its seven pillars:

  1. Peace and conflict prevention;
  2. Disease and prevention treatment;
  3. Clean water, sanitation and hygiene;
  4. Maternal and child health;
  5. Basic education and literacy;
  6. Economic and Community development;
  7. Environmental conservation

The current 12 Rotary Clubs in Rwanda are leading and financing key development projects amounting more than USD 3,5 M.

President Mclnally will visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial ahead of the 30th commemoration Genocide against the Tutsi on April 2024.

The visit includes Rotary Rwanda projects such as the Kinyinya Rotary House for Cancer Patients, the Kigali Public Library, the Rotary Peace Project in Bugesera, the Akagera National Park and tete-a-tete meetings with key leaders in the health and education sector.

The Rotary Iinternational enjoys diplomatic status and sits at the United Nations as observer since 1948. The organization has been instrumental to the eradication of Polio in Rwanda and Africa.

Rwanda Rotary’s membership is one of the fastest growing in the District 9150 that comprise of 100 clubs in ten countries (Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Central Africa Republic, Congo, Equatoral Guinea, Gabon, DR Congo, Sao Tome & Principe, and Rwanda). On the first quarter of 2024, Rotary in Rwanda has seen the creation of:

  • 2 Rotary Clubs: Rotary Club Cosmopolitan Rwanda and Rotary Golf Club;
  • 1 Rotaract Club (these are sponsored clubs by Riotary for young women and men between age 18 and 30, mainly community and uiveristy based): Rotaract Club of UTB Rubavu;
  • 5 Interact Clubs (these are sponsored clubs by Rotary for young college girls and boysbetween age 14 and 18): Agahozo Salom Youth Village, Gashora Girls Academy, Mont Muhungwe, Mont Rubavu and Kigali International Community School;

The current Governor of the District 9150 is Mr. Saleh Kebzabo, former Prime Minister and current Ombudsman of Chad.

This is the 3rd time Rwanda is picked for a Rotary Presidential Visit after the Visit or RI President K.R. Ravindran in 2017 and RI President Shekhar Mehta in June 2022 during the Commonwealth Head of Govenrment Meeting in Kigali where he presented the Rotary highest award, the Rotary Award of Honour to the then HRH Prince of Wales, Prince Charles.

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