Youth volunteers conduct special Umuganda in preps for commemoration
Members of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Police (RYVCP) across the country conducted special Umuganda last weekend that was marked with cleaning and rehabilitating Genocide memorial sites.
The youth volunteerism activities valued at about Rwf21.7 million conducted in all the districts across the country, also included construction and rehabilitating houses for the disadvantaged people including genocide survivors, cleaning up neighbourhood and several other developmental activities.
They cleaned about 58 genocide memorial sites, constructed 316 latrines for needy families, set up 125 organic gardens, provided tap water to 61 needy homes, unclogged 6km of water channels; made 1815 breaks that will later be used in the construction of houses for vulnerable people and planted about 1000 trees among many other activities.
At all sites, RYVCP worked with residents, local authorities and police officers. They later held meetings and discussed mainly on preparations for the upcoming Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the role of youth in reconciliation, and collaborative efforts towards development.
Ruhango District, the youth cleaned up Mayunzwe Genocide memorial site and also relocated some remains of victim of the genocide that were buried in several places to Mayunzwe Genocide memorial where they will be given decent burial.
During the meeting, Executive Secretary of Ruhango District Fortunee Uwimana, said: “activities like these helps us to never forget, learn and understand our history as well as sustain and build on what we have achieved.”
She reminded them that among the achievements Rwanda has registered in the last 24 years include reconciliation where youth played a major role, and appealed to them to keep up the legacy.
District Police Commander of Ruhango, Senior Supt Marc Gasangwa appealed to members of RYVCP to enhance their partnership with authorities and security organs especially during the upcoming commemoration period where cases of genocide ideology tend to increase and always report those suspected.
The youth volunteers’ organization which has about 260, 000 countrywide, was formed in 2013 with less than 300 members. It is composed of students and graduates, with leadership structures from the national level down to the grassroots.
As of end of last year, their human security and community development activities since it was founded, was valued at over Rwf630 million.
Their human security activities are mainly in supporting the vulnerable groups like constructing and renovating houses, environmental protection, awareness campaigns against crimes especially those that are said to be of high impact like illicit drugs, corruption, genocide ideology, gender based violence and child abuse, among others.