The New Times (Kigali)

15 November 2012

Rwanda: Agaciro Gets U.S., Canada Boost

The Rwanda-American Communities in the states of Indiana and Michigan became the first community to officially launch the drive to fundraise for Agaciro Development Fund in the US, with a contribution of $50,960 (Rwf33m).

In an event attended by over 200 guests, last week, Rwanda's ambassador to US, James Kimonyo, applauded those who contributed for showing commitment to their country despite living in the Diaspora.

"Rwandans in the US continue to mirror exemplary commitment in their actions- and this is all derived in the fact that they are proud of their country and want to show their value for it," Kimonyo is quoted in a statement from the US.

Gaetan Gatete, the president of Rwandan Community in Michigan and Indiana emphasized the purpose of Agaciro Development Fund as a programme that will accelerate Rwanda's development.

"Rwandans in America have continued to show how they are committed to the development of their country and through Agaciro, the Diaspora have got another important platform through which they can directly and voluntarily get involved in building the great nation of Rwanda," Gatete told the gathering.

In a related development, Rwandans in Canada have scheduled a fundraising event for November 17.

"This fund will supplement other sources of revenue so as to accelerate the country's social-economic development," said Edda Mukabagwiza, Rwandan High Commissioner to Canada, in a statement.

Launched in August as a voluntary way for Rwandans to contribute towards development projects in the country, the fund has so far gathered in excess of Rwf20 billion.

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