Rubavu District expressed this feelings during the launch of provision of busIness transport materials (tricycles) to persons with disabilities living in Rubavu city who their busIness of transporting goods was deeply affected by Covid19 and Nyiragongo Volcano eruption.
On this Monday 28th February 2022, NUDOR and MTN under their partnership launched at Rubavu District headquarter and MTN branch in the district, the activity of providing transport business materials (tricycles) used by persons with disabilities in Rubavu city. This is one of the various supporting activities taking place after the partnership agreement signed in September 2021 between two institutions.
Receiving This support, Mr HABIMANA Martin, District Counsel affairs’ specialist, who represented Rubavu district officials, thanked the partnership between MTN and NUDOR to support parsons with disabilities and said the support came at the real time after facing two crises; “We are happy for NUDOR and MTN Rwanda to provide a 5 million support to COTTRARU, a cooperative of persons with disabilities transporting goods in Rubavu District city, after COVID 19 pandemic and Nyiragongo volcano eruption that was followed by continuous earthquakes that displaced people and damaged infrastructures. The two tragedies hitted people and persons with disabilities are among the most affected”.
The real launch of the initiative took place at MTN District Branch in Rubavu, where MTN representative Mr. Emmanuel BYAMUNGU said that they thought about the problems faced by persons with disabilities working in the city of Rubavu near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC. He said they know that before the pandemic COTTRARU, Cooperative of persons with disabilities doing transport at Rubavu City using tricycles have been working hard, but are among the most affected by Covid 19 that stopped their work, remaining home in curfews due to the pandemic as other citisens. He said that MTN knows that the support of 5million offered is not enough but can help the cooperative on a certain level. He promised the district that MTN Rwanda will continuous support persons with disabilities in the District to make sure their enjoy equal opportunities to other people without a disability.
On the side of the National Union of Disability Organisations in Rwanda NUDOR, Mr. NSENGIYUMVA Jean Damascene, Executive secretary pointed out that NUDOR knew the challenges face by Rubavu district citizens including persons with disabilities like other people during Covid 19 pandemic and this pushed them to do something to support them. He thanked MTN that accepted to be NUDOR’s great partner to support persons with disabilities mostly affected, and thanked This company for sensitizing to other companies to do the same. He said “in previous week we have been distributing health materials to persons with disabilities including prostheses and orthotics, crutches and white canes and we are going to provide to you the tricycles that will help your cooperative to raise the Number of persons with disabilities joining the transport cooperative of COTTRARU which will improve their lives”. He requested the Cooperative to do their best to make sure the materials that they will get from the support will improve their ways of living.
The support of 5 millions will be used to buy Tricycles to help COTTRARU to continue their activities of transporting goods in Rubavu District city and cross border transportation of both food and other commercial products from or to the Republic democratic of Congo.