The staff of the Integrated Polytechnic Regional College of Ngoma (IPRC Ngoma ) has donated solar power systems worth Rwf 2, 568, 000 to the survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, inhabiting in Rukumberi sector, Ngoma district.
The donating ceremony took place on July 04, 2020 in Rukumberi on the occasion of celebrating the National Liberation Day. The beneficiaries were twenty-two (22) households in Rwamibabi village, Ntovi cell, Rukumberi sector who had met the difficulties of living without electricity.
The staff of the Polytechnic College has collected money through individual contributions for the solar power supply.
The staff of IPRC Ngoma has collected money through individual contributions for the solar power supply
The Director of Students’ Affairs Ernestine Umutoni who was representing the Management and staff of IPRC Ngoma said they chose solar power supply because they wanted to address the lack of electricity which is an acute impediment to economic and social development.
‘’Getting solar energy is part of the continuation of our liberation struggle as we have to liberate ourselves from poverty and under-development. You have to properly maintain these solar power systems, ensuring any sort of repair is made by authorized technicians to avoid any damage,’’ Umutoni told the beneficiaries.
Rukumberi is a remote rural sector in Ngoma district in which some households have access to the grid electricity and others do not.
The Executive Secretary of Rukumberi sector Ildfonse Mbarushimana said the inhabitants of Rwamibabi village do not have access to the grid electricity and have been facing the difficulties of charging their technology devices like mobile phones.
Mbarushimana said that driving away the stumbling block of lack of access to electricity was a great opportunity to concentrate on other development activities for the beneficiaries.
One of the beneficiaries Innocent Rwakayiro, 72, said the first-ever use of solar power will help him and his family to keep up with national news through using technology devices and radio sets, and will help also the children revise courses in the evening without any time limitation.
Since 2013, IPRC Ngoma staff has carried out different activities supporting the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
The biggest activity was the construction of seven fully furnished dwelling houses that were donated one each year during the genocide commemoration period until 2019.
Connecting genocide survivors to solar power was this year’s activity carried out by the staff of the Polytechnic College, as regards the College’s plans to support the survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.