Monday, 14 May 2012

Rwanda : Catholic Relief Services supports genocide orphans

The community of genocide orphans from Ntarama in Bugesera district is set to benefit from a series of capacity building trainings courtesy of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Rwanda
The announcement was made by CRS country representative of CRS, Ms. Jennifer Smith Nazaire, during a visit with the orphans on May 8. The CRS team was accompanied by Pastor Antoine Rutayisire, one of the most influential Anglican pastors in the country.
Nazaire said that the capacity building trainings workshops are aimed at ensuring sustainable socio-economic development to these genocide orphans.  The trainings will conflict management, resolution trainings, business management training and practical training in better agricultural practices.
Nazaire explained that this year CRS chose to work with the Ntarama orphans on how to sustain a business, since last year the organization sponsored a youth oriented business but they never implemented it to the expectations.
CRS has also pledged support of other genocide commemoration projects around the country, the latest being their intended contribution towards the construction of a memorial site for the District of Nyamasheke. “We are in the final stages of the agreement with the district on how much we can contribute toward the construction, which has already started,” the country representative said.
The CRS staff, local leaders and orphans also visited the memorial site of Ntarama where they were narrated to on the horror days that befell the catholic dominated area during the 100 days of the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi.
Nazaire said that it was very sad to see how people, both young and old were killed. “I believe that if we all work together for reconciliation and sustainable development, we can put the past behind and concentrate on building our present and future” she said.


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