Student associations to launch initiatives ahead of genocide commemoration
Written by: Tuyizere Daniel
Tuesday, March 7th, 2017, 13:34
The associations of student-survivors of the genocide against the Tutsi, namely AERG and GAERG (graduates) are planning to launch various activities leading up to the 23rd commemoration of the Genocide.
The launch will kick off with Week of activities in Mata sector of Nyaruguru District on Saturday, This youth initiative happens annually with aims to support government programs and assist poor families, especially the genocide survivors.
The series of activities include supporting survivors of genocide, cleaning genocide memorials, awarding those who saved Tutsis during the genocide and the activities are extended to the whole country.
During this period, students and their elders will build 11 and renovate15 houses for genocide survivors, construct 135 kitchen gardens, visit and clean 41 genocide memorial sites. The week will also see a selection of the most needy people to support where 11 cows will be delivered and wheelchairs given to casualties of the liberation war.
The activities are organized to start on 11th March 2017 in Nyaruguru District, on 18thMarch proceed to Rubavu District, on 25th it will be Ruhango District, on 26th its Kicukiro District and end in Nyagatare District on 1st April 2017.
Since 2015, student associations have visited and cleaned 65 memorial sites, provided 17 new houses, renovated 12 others and set up 217 kitchen gardens.
AERG is an association of student survivors of genocide created on 20 October 1996 at former National University of Rwanda in Butare by 12 students. It was formed at a time when Rwanda was still facing many challenges, but the students were resilient and built hope among themselves.
GAERG is an organization founded by former student Genocide survivors with a mission of creating a world where the memory of Genocide is preserved and a self sustaining genocide survivor’s community exists.