May 21, 2024

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Rebuilding Hope: Rotary Club of Kigali-Gasabo Completes Kaniga Model Village in Gicumbi District

  • Rotary Club of Kigali Gasabo is set to deliver 10 houses to families impacted by the severe rainfall of May 2023 in the Northern Province, Gicumbi District, Kaniga Sector;
  • The construction cost totalling Frw 112,000,000 were made possible through the Club’s fundraising efforts and the generous support of the Heart Care and Research Foundation Rwanda;
  • Project impacts include the creation of 90 jobs (55% held by women), provision of access to water and clean energy, and implementation of a robust nutrition program featuring individual household vegetable gardens.

The Rotary Club of Kigali GASABO proudly announces the completion of the Kaniga Model Village in Gicumbi District, Northern Province.

Following the devastating effects of heavy rainfallthat struck several areas of Rwanda in May 2023, causing significant damage infrastructure and villages in Kaniga Sector, Gicumbi District, Northern Province, the Rotary Club of Kigali-Gasabo undertook a comprehensive needs assessment and initiated a fundraising campaign.

The objective was to provide permanent housing for 10 homeless households on a 3,000-square-meter plot. The project included land acquisition costs, construction of kitchen annexes, installation of water tanks and toilets, connection to the electricity grid, and provision of a small plot of land for household gardens.

The construction for the project took over a six month period from October 2023 to March 2024.

Chartered in 2009, The Rotary Club of Kigali Gasabo comprises women and men of action dedicated to effecting sustainable change in the lives of many through inclusive support for social and economic resilience initiatives.

The club has actively contributed to the social development of rural communities in Rwanda through various initiatives, including:

  • Construction of over10 pedestrian bridges in rural areas to empower local economy by reducing travel distances to  markets, ensuring safe access to health centers for expectant mothers, and prevenitng drownings during the rainy season ;
  • Addressing the gap in universal healthcare coverage by providing “Mutuel de Santé” health insurance for the most vulnerable families;
  • Regular Tree planting activities to combat carbonemissions and mitigate climate change and global warming  by reducing atmospheric carbon levels;
  • Annual participation in the #EndPolioNow campaign for polio eradication;
  • Medical missions between Rwandan Rotary Clubs and Indian Rotary Clubs under the patronage of the CHUB/MOH while bringing medical experts to undertake surgeries for patients (urology, maxilo-facial, kinesitherapy etc)

Rwanda currently boasts 13 Rotary Clubs spearheading and financing pivotal development projects totaling over USD 3.5 million.

Globally, Rotary International holds diplomatic status and has served as a  the United Nations observer since 1948. The Organization has been instrumental to the eradication of Polio in Rwand and across Africa.

Membership in Rwanda’s Rotary is among the fastest growing within District 9150, comprising 100 clubs across ten countries: Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, DR Congo, Sao Tome & Principe, and Rwanda.

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

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