Republic of Rwanda

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When the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi ended, many genocide survivors became orphans, widows and widowers with physical and mental wounds. As a result, they were left in a dire need of life’s basics but what they were getting inadequate or no support.

As the government that stopped genocide started reconstructing the country from scratch, it also thought about the genocide survivors who were then needier than the rest of the population. The government established the Assistance to the Needy Genocide Survivors (FARG) to attend to that challenge.

The fund was established in 1998 with the mission of promoting the social welfare of the neediest survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi. Its vision was to ensure that all genocide survivors are fully integrated in social development programmes such as the Vision Umurenge programme (VUP), Community Health Insurance (MUSA) Girinka and UBUDEHE and participate in national development programs.

Since then, FARG has been running thanks to the revenue from Government budget which provides an amount equivalent to 6% of the annual domestic revenues. Since its establishment, FARG has been providing support to genocide survivors in five areas namely health, social rehabilitation, shelter, education as well as Income Generating Activities (IGA).

In Health, FARG paid contributions for mutual health insurance and medical expenses for special treatment while in Social rehabilitation it gives direct support to the needy. FARG has also provided shelter construction and rehabilitation of houses of the needy survivors.

Over the past years, the Fund has played a bigger role in ensuring that children from poor families acquire education just like other Rwandans and paid tuition fees in secondary and in higher learning institutions where, besides the tuition fee, it also paid living allowances and school materials. In Income Generating Activities (IGA) it supported small projects as well including Girinka.

In Figures According to Emmanuel Munyangondo, the director of planning, monitoring and evaluation at FARG, the government has injected billions of francs to ensure the beneficiaries are supported in various sector.

In Health Genocide left thousands of survivors with both physical and mental wounds which needed special attention and according to Munyangondo a total of 2,439,191 medical cases of genocide survivors received treatment in different referral hospitals from 1998 to the end of the physical year 2016-2017 Besides 398 genocide survivors with complicated medical cases have been transferred abroad for further medical treatment during the same period

Thanks to the memorandum of understanding  FARG signed with Rwanda military hospital to treat special case in 2012, a total of 43,207 people get treatment during Army week. Over rwf15.4billion were spent on treatment of genocide survivors both in the country and abroad, according to the officials.

In Education The education sector was a priority given the big number of the youth who needed to acquire quality education to ensure a better future for them and deal with loneliness for those who became orphans as a result of the tragedy. Given the need to provide all people who needed to go to school, education sector was given the bigger. A total of Rwf163, 4billion was spent on education from 1998 to 2017 according to Munyangando. However despite the bigger amount in figure, the impact is bigger than the amount.

According to the officials figures, from 1998 up to the end of academic year of 2017, a number of 109,615 students had completed secondary education whereas 26,100 had completed higher education. As time goes on, the number of students in secondary school is decreasing as the bigger number of those who needed financing have completed education and are joined the labour market. Munyangando said that this academic year, only 628 students are in secondary school from 41,003 students that enrolled and supported during academic year of 2010. For higher learning, he said the number of students has been also decreasing as in 2017-2018 academic year, students assisted by FARG are 14,159 from 15,371 students that were assisted in their schools.

In direct support Under the direct support programme

FARG support vulnerable genocide survivors in three categories and over Rwf16. 4billion were spent on activities geared towards supporting . These include a Category where each of 25,892 needy genocide survivors benefits monthly basis of Frw7, 500 to be able to buy basic daily materials. Another category is where each beneficiary benefits on monthly basis Frw 30,000. This category includes a total of 1,692 Incike and elderly Genocide survivors with serious problem of life. The third category are genocide  survivors who are hosted in common house (Inzu y’amasaziro) where FARG provides everything needed Food, Hygienic materials, staff looking after them. According to FARG 130 Incike are hosted in six houses. Eighteen of them are housed in Nyanza district, seven in Kamonyi, seven in Kayonza in Kayonza, five in Rulindo, eighty eight in Huye, while five are in Rwamagana district. According to Munyangondo the houses are built by Unity Club Intwararumuri

 

in Partnership with FARG while AVEGA Agahozo provides Care Givers, Coordinators, cooks to take care of those living in the shared houses.

Income generating activities This program enables needy genocide survivors who are able to work to become self-reliant in order to get out of vulnerable condition. According to Munyangondo, from 1998 up to 2017 a total of 53,596 beneficiaries have been assisted in their profitable project, where among of them 7,510 beneficiaries of the programme, each one has been given the cow and the cowshed. The total budget spent on this programme over the period equals to equals to Rwf9,3 billion, according to the officials.

Shelter programme According to officials, shelter cost about rwf15billion from 1998 to 2017. A total of 26,324 houses have been constructed, while 3,345 houses were rehabilitated. Also, officials said that in the current fiscal year of 2017-2018, 318 houses are under construction, 352 houses are under reconstruction while 192 houses are under rehabilitation. FARG works with MINADEF Reserve Force to provide adequate houses by using modern construction materials and this will continue according to officials.

FARG happy for the achievement Munyangondo says that the government has done enough to support FARG adding that the support has changed lives of many survivors who ever though their lives were ended by the tragedy that befell the country. His message as the country mourns the genocide victims, is that all the survivors should be strong in these tough period as they remember their loved ones whose live were taken robbed by enemy.

“The message is that all the survivors should be strong in these tough moments as we commemorate the genocide, FARG will keep supporting the needy survivors with all means,” said Munyangondo “As we are phasing out education , more efforts are being put we will put in to ensure all needy survivors have shelter through constructing new houses as well as renovating more others,” he added He said that FARG will also strengthen health programme, and working hard towards mindset change while strengthening the partnership with local Authorities and Genocide survivors associations. “Furthermore, FARG will continue to introduce ICT software in implementing and monitoring its activities in order to support the real beneficiaries,”

 

 

GASIGWA Gilbert/Public Relations

 

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