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Kigali: Vulnerable families supported through CSOs’ Turikumwe project amid COVID-19

The coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has supported vulnerable key population, impacted by COVID-19 effect, with foodstuffs, hygiene materials and protective face masks in Kigali city.

The support which was delivered today August 4, 2020 derives from Turikumwe Project implemented by the coalition of Strive Foundation Rwanda (SFR), Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS and Health Promotion (RNGOF on HIV/AIDS & HP), Health Development Initiative (HDI) and Ihorere Munyarwanda Organization (IMRO) with funding support from the European Union (EU).

“We are glad to be contributing to the survival of vulnerable people amid the fight against COVID-19 with its effect. We aim at helping such families during this time of recovery from neediness caused by confinement or any other mechanisms implied against Coronavirus which would have halted people’s businesses.” Said Nooliet Kabanyana, Executive Secretary of Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS and Health Promotion.

In addition to the delivery of foodstuffs, hygiene materials and protective face masks, beneficiaries were advised on COVID-19 preventive measures.

 “We have advised today’s beneficiaries to keep respecting all measures put in place by the government in the fight against Coronavirus pandemic, so as to stay away from its infections and by doing so we will be stopping its propagation.  We urged them to always wear protective face masks in public settings, respect social/physical distancing, do regular handwashing among other preventive methods to contain the spread of the pandemic.” Added Kabanyana

Nooliet Kabanyana (left), Executive Secretary of Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS and Health Promotion (RNGOF on HIV/AIDS & HP) giving advice to the beneficiaries.

Today’s beneficiaries included vulnerable key population from all Districts of Kigali City, inaugurating the upcoming schedule targeting 320 families in total during the same week.

“I receive this support with a great pleasure, as I have been in critical conditions since the outbreak of Coronavirus with its preventive measures which led to losing my source of income. Getting food to cook for my children has been problematic at the point that we would spend a whole day without eating. Safely from hunger, I am going to be busy looking for means to start a possible small business to recover well from COVID-19 effect.” Said Elina Nyirahakizimana, a beneficiary from Nyarugenge District

According to Nadege Kamaliza a mother of two children, the support will boost the restoration process from COVID-19 consequences.  

“I am lucky to be among today’s beneficiaries because I have been facing difficulties during this time of Coronavirus including food scarcity and inadequate hygiene at home. So, this donation is an indispensable boost to my process back to the normal wellbeing.” She said.

Another beneficiary with testimony was Ingabire from Nyamirambo Sector who said: “This support is surely crucial for my household because nutrition has been poor since I can’t make money due to COVID-19 effect. With these face masks & other hygiene materials my family will be able to improve preventive strategies.”

The three-month period project for Kigali City, Rwamagana District and Rubavu district targets 2000 vulnerable families in total. Until now, over 1700 families have been reached.

Jean Claude Kubwimana

Jean Claude Kubwimana

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