Minister Utumatwishima Reveals President Kagame's Close Ties with Youth Volunteers

Author: Brenda MIZERO
On:7/05/2024 14:09
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Dr. Utumatwishima Jean Nepo Abdallah, Minister of Youth and Culture, has showcased how President Paul Kagame has been closely connected to Rwanda's Youth Volunteers who have catalyzed significant transformations in the country over the past decade. They urge to continue manifesting the message he conveyed when he visited them.

This revelation came on Tuesday, May 7th, 2024, during the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of projects initiated by the Youth Volunteers, held at the BK Arena.

The Youth Volunteers program, established in 2013 to mobilize young people to address various societal challenges, has impacted millions across the nation. 

Their projects encompass community development initiatives such as constructing and renovating homes, building infrastructure like roads, supporting agricultural activities, and providing assistance in various socioeconomic projects benefiting citizens.

Over the past decade, they have been tasked with evolving strategies, executing projects, collaborating with governmental and non-governmental bodies, disseminating information, and providing solutions to community concerns.

The government acknowledges that the success of the past decade was fueled by the remarkable achievements of the Youth Volunteers, positioning them at the forefront of driving change.

In his address, Minister Utumatwishima commended the Youth Volunteers for their accomplishments and their collaboration with government agencies or private enterprises in fulfilling national agendas or projects recognized nationally or internationally.

Reflecting on the past ten years, where the world faced the unprecedented challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, Minister Utumatwishima highlighted the resilience and impact of the Youth Volunteers. Despite the pandemic's adversity, they demonstrated a profound commitment to uplifting communities, whether through physical labor or intellectual contributions.

He stated, "In the past decade, the world faced the scourge of the Covid-19 pandemic, which inflicted suffering and disrupted lives. Amidst these trials, the Youth Volunteers showed exceptional dedication, contributing their strength and knowledge to serve humanity."

Acknowledging their efforts during the pandemic, Utumatwishima praised their involvement in frontline activities, educational campaigns, healthcare support, and community engagement efforts, all of which significantly contributed to Rwanda's resilience and unity.

Furthermore, Utumatwishima revealed President Kagame's profound appreciation for the Youth Volunteers during his appearance at Kendrick Lamar's concert on October 6, 2023. At the event, Kagame emphasized the pivotal role of health workers in society and expressed his desire to ensure their well-being.

He stated, "In our efforts to uplift Africa, including collaborating for the betterment of our citizens, we must prioritize empowering healthcare professionals for a better life."

The Minister also disclosed plans by the Ministry of Health to elevate the status of healthcare workers within the Youth Volunteers program, ensuring they receive transport benefits.

At the upcoming Cop29 International Conference in Azerbaijan, discussions will highlight the contributions of Rwandan Youth Volunteers in environmental conservation, infrastructure development, and fostering inclusive growth. This initiative is a joint effort between UNICEF Rwanda and Generation Unlimited, an international organization.

Youth Volunteers play a crucial role in combating child malnutrition, promoting education, preventing diseases, participating in government programs, enhancing agricultural productivity, supporting tax collection efforts, and maintaining law and order. Their contributions are vast and commendable.

In concluding his address, Utumatwishima emphasized that engaging in Youth Volunteerism is not merely an obligation but a commitment to serve one's community with dedication and courage. He underscored the importance of unity and resilience in achieving Rwanda's developmental goals, echoing President Kagame's visionary leadership.

He concluded, "Youth Volunteerism is not just about economic gains but a testament to our collective will and determination to build a better Rwanda. Let's continue to march forward, guided by the principles of our liberation struggle. We have the leadership and the courage of the Inkotanyi; we will prevail."

Minister Utumatwishima commends Youth Volunteers for their efforts in combating the Covid-19 pandemic and highlights the President Kagame's appeciation for their work

Over 7500 attendees gathered at the BK Arena to celebrate the 10th anniversary of projects initiated by the Youth Volunteers

Since 2013, over 1.7 million individuals have actively contributed to projects advancing the nation's development