Bye Bye Nyakatsi

Through a partnership with the government and Bralirwa, Rwanda Diaspora Global Network, initiated this project to assist disadvantaged and poor families by getting them out of grass thatched houses and into modern housing.

In Rwanda, the traditional rural housing is the Nyakatsi, a round-shaped house with one single room, usually with no window. Walls and floor are in dry mud and the roof is thatched. These houses are unstable structures that deteriorate rapidly under bad weather conditions. Families living there are facing blaze risks, promiscuity embarrassment and the lack of sanitary installation.

Bye Bye Nyakatsi project was originally implemented by the Rwandan Diaspora Global Network during its IV Diaspora Global Convention that took place in Kigali from 13th to 15th December 2009.

Bye Bye Nyakatsi is a community development project that aims to build a model village in the Rilima sector in order to improve rural areas standard of living.

‘Bye Bye Nyakatsi’ is coordinated with Imidugudu (villages) projects, a rural planning to bring together isolated families and scattered settlements into villages. This collective transformation is key for rationalizing all necessary infrastructure (electricity, water, waste colection0 and for developing community public utilities (markets, schools, medical centers).The village will also be compiled with infrastructures such as health center, school and commercial areas.

 

One Dollar Campaign

A project to build a complex to accommodate all orphans without a home to provide them a warm family atmosphere during holidays.

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Commemorations

The national commemoration is a time for all Rwandans to remember and honor the one million innocent lives lost during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

In 2006, the “Association des Etudiants et Eleves Rescapes du Genocide” (AERG) initiated a project to construct a complex to accommodate all orphans without a home to provide them a warm family atmosphere during holidays. Among the pioneering sponsors of the project was businessman Egide Gatera, who donated a 1ha piece of land worth two hundred (200,000,000 Rfw) millions Rwandan francs while the Ministry of Defence (MoD) provided an outline of the complex.

During the first Rwanda Diaspora retreat that took place between 13-14 December 2008, the AERG received a further boost from the Rwanda Diaspora Global Network (RDGN). A campaign dubbed ONE DOLLAR CAMPAIGN targeting the collection of Frw 1.5 billion was officially launched by the Minister of Foreign affairs on 4th April 2009. Government institutions, non-government organizations, the private sector, religious bodies, civil society, students, individuals and Rwanda’s friends contributed towards the success of the campaign.