Sunday, 28 April 2013

Serena donates to Genocide survivors


Serena Hotel Country Manager, Charles Muia (L), hands a cheque to the President of Abahumurizanya Association David Tuganimana (C) and CNLG's Gaspard Gasasira yesterday.
Survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi have been called on to work hard and improve their lives as one of the ways towards a bright future.
The call was made yesterday by the Country Manager of Kigali Serena Hotel, Charles Muia, during a visit of hotel employees to Abahumurizanya Association of vulnerable children in Kimironko Sector in Kigali’s Gasabo District.
“As Serena Hotel, we are much aware of the hardship and responsibilities that you hold in taking care of yourselves and other children. That’s why we decided to spend some time with you during this commemoration period,” Muia said.
Most of the children making up the association told The New Times that they lost their parents and relatives during the tragedy. Muia advised members of the association to use the available opportunities to transform their lives and that of others.
During the visit, the hotel donated items worth Rwf 2 million. They included bed sheets, clothes, shoes and blankets among others. They also handed over a cheque of Rwf 1.3 million to the association.    
Muia reminded members of the association that they do not only hold their future, but are also expected to contribute to the development of their country. He also called on the public to support the survivors in any way they can to enable them stand on their feet. Kigali Serena Hotel has so far supported nine of the association members to have an education and has employed them. The association’s president, David Tuganimana, appreciated the efforts done by the hotel staff saying that their support will bridge many gaps.
“For the last five years, Kigali Serena has been supporting us and we are indeed grateful because their support has paid off in many ways including some of us getting the chance to have an education,” he said.
The association has more than 40 members and the government gave them houses they stay in.


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