Believers Eastern Church of Rwanda handed over scholastic materials to 583 nursery and primary pupils in Busanza and Karama cells in Kicukiro district, the City of Kigali, on Saturday, November 18, 2023.
The donation was held at the church’s Headquarters in Kanombe sector and was witnessed by parents and local leaders.
Academic materials included school bags, pens, pencils, notebooks, erasers, sharpeners, mathematical instruments and colours. In addition, the church will pay school fees to all students for one year.
The donation was made under the church’s community transformation project, which aims to transform families and communities by protecting and caring for children.
According to the church’s leadership, similar donations of academic supplies will continue in three other regions of Rwanda, including Bugesera, Rutsiro and Musanze to benefit more than 2100 children.
The value of academic data provided for the 4 districts is nearly 90 million Rwandan Francs.
One parent, speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, recognised the church’s leadership for the impact their activities have had on the lives of Rwandans.
“Everyone is happy. Since the church came to our community, it has done a lot to improve sanitation and support needy families and children. May God bless them greatly,” she noted.
Believers Eastern Church of Rwanda has been in service in Rwanda for more than 2 years. It has been involved in a wide range of social and educational projects, charitable activities, community development programs, rehabilitation projects and relief work.
The executive secretary of Kanombe sector, Idrissa Nkurunziza, told the beneficiaries that the church’s charitable activities are aimed at helping them become self-reliant.
He thanked the church for its community interventions, which he said, have achieved significant results in supporting the country in achieving its development goals.
“You are a good partner,” Nkurunziza added.
Fr. Simon Dass, who is in charge of Community Transformation Projects, said the church has so far helped over 1900 needy families to get health insurance, helped hundreds of people from Radari and Bamporeze villages to get access to clean water and provided 10,000 Kilograms of nutritious mix for 44 Early Childhood Development centres in Kanombe sector.
In addition, the church is building a 400-bed hospital. The facility will also be used as a medical college.
Fr. Dass noted that such charity activities reflect the love and compassion of Jesus Christ who lived among the poor, served the community and became a model for all believers.
HG Geevarghese Mor Makariose reflected on the vision Honourable Metropolitan to perpetuate the church in Rwanda and help the communities in need.
He stressed the importance of education in shaping the country’s future, adding that the children who benefit from the donation are the leaders of the future.
He added that education is needed to develop the child holistically, and the church’s focus is on making the community a better place.