With a promise that Japan will never stop its support to Rwanda in its development goals, the Japanese ambassador to Rwanda Kunio Hatanaka joined the Ministry of Refugee Affairs and Disaster Management (Midimar) in launching a-2 day training of trainers from local vocational centers.
Aimed at empowering Rwandans repatriating from different countries and vulnerable groups in seven districts from North and East, the third phase that will see a support of Japanese government with US$ 1.5 million is following the same roadmap.
It started yesterday by enhancing skills of 143 trainers from training centers of carpentry, masonry, tailoring, mechanics, hairdressing and other vocational skills.
According to Antoine Ruvebana, the Permanent Secretary in Midimar, the training is a kind of catch-up, to give a chance to any Rwandese who has been in the refugee struggle for 18 years to reach the level a common Rwandan has already attained.
“Consider that those brothers and sisters of ours are repatriating, joining a community with outstanding speed of development. They would be shame; they would miss the start up point because they carry nothing with them, except their lives,” he said.
“Thus, we need to have people who would help them catch up and attain the level of common Rwandans in such a short time; 5 months, although they marked more than a decade of loss in refugee camps”, added Ruvebana.
In his introduction that he made in Kinyarwanda language, which amazed participants, the Japanese ambassador expressed his country’s determination to supporting Rwanda in its programs aimed at improving the community livelihood.
“We have realized that the government of Rwanda has decided among its key priorities, to improve social sustainability. Indeed, creating employments of refugees and vulnerable groups in the country is a good way of sustaining local economic development”.
The third phase of this support will see more than 3,000 Rwandans repatriated and members of vulnerable groups as direct beneficiaries.
36% will benefit for skills that will be delivered by trainers in trainings today, 41% of the total number will benefit by livestock development, while 23% will get their housing facilities improved.
So far, the project in all its phases has been implemented by Midmar in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) since it started in 2010 and has assisted 22,000 individuals in 22 districts countrywide.
The current phase will cover seven districts: Bugesera, Rwamagana and Ngoma of East and Burera, Musanze, Rulindo and Gicumbi in the Northern Province.