Introduction and Project Overview
The project of 33 months starting by January 1st 2018, is co-financed by the Government of Slovenia through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Caritas Slovenia and the Company DAMA HAUS PRESTIGE d.o.o for the amount of 238,399 € for. Every year, a steering committee meeting is held twice, gathering Mayor of Karongi District and officials from the area of implementation: Executive Secretaries of GASHARI and MUTUNTU Sectors, Priests of BIRAMBO and MUKUNGU Parishes, Secretary General of Caritas Rwanda, the Director of Caritas NYUNDO/KIBUYE as well as the Representative of Compaigne de st. Vincent the Paul Mukungu involved in the implementation.
Steering Committee Meeting
After a 3 day (18-20th June 2019) field visit of Jana Lampe from Caritas Slovenia, accompanied by Caritas Kibuye and Caritas Rwanda staff in charge of NGIRA NKUGIRE implementation, steering committee members gathered in Home Saint Jean to share on the project implementation progress and outcomes so far recorded. All participants expressed their satisfaction in regards to the project implementation and its role in helping the District to get its population out of poverty.
Jana Lamp has as well expressed her satisfaction and was much impressed by tremendous changes in lives of adult people and young adolescent girls through income generating activities thanks to saving and lending activities. She commended the partnership between the District, Caritas, Parishes, Sectors, Cells and Villages. This is the basis of the successes being achieved, she said. She expressed her confidence about the project continuation in the future.
The Director of Good Governance of Karongi District, KARASANYI Nicolas, on behalf of Mayor of the District started by thanking the Government of Slovenia and Caritas Slovenia for the support. Coming to Caritas collaboration, the representative of the District informed participants that its work and partnerships are unique: “Caritas Makes Difference” he said. The partnership with Caritas is strong, from the planning, implementation and evaluation. By the nature of Catholic Church structure, you select the right person to support, you provide him/her development ingredients, you facilitate his/her daily steps until she/he graduates to a decent life, he said.
The Secretary General of Caritas Rwanda Father TWAGIRAYEZU Jean Marie Vianney thanked all local partners, Jana Lampe and Compaigne de St. Vincent the Paul for hosting the guest during her stay in Rwanda. He asked Jana Lampe to present to Caritas Slovenia and the Government of Slovenia our greetings and thanks for their support. He emphasized two main words that have been recurring in various participants’ interventions: SUSTAINABILITY and CHARITY. He said that Good Governance, Resources Management and Environmental Promotion for which intersection is ETHICS are at the heart of Catholic Church mission. Human is required to work for his wellbeing and has to share with others whatever he receives from God. According to Laudato si Pope Francis’ Encyclical: “The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development”, which is for all of us, God’s creatures he said. In Caritas when we support a person, he becomes our friend and takes place in our life and this is our particularity outlined by the Director of Good Governance. We are happy that NGIRA NKUGIRE is promoting our common Home (Laudato Si), which allows us to implement the sustainable development goal (SDG 12.2), in partnership with the Government of Slovenia and Caritas Slovenia.
By Prosper SEBAGENZI, Caritas Rwanda