Kamonyi: South Korea volunteers proud to work with Rwandans for development

Kigarama village in Rugarika sector is one of the villages in Kamonyi district with five South Korean Volunteers residents that help local leaders in showing local people how to work and attain development.

Since 2009, the Koreans became residents of Kigarama village; they have trained people in productive projects.

Jais-Ho Park popularly known as Thomas the chairperson of volunteers in Kigarama village says they taught people about mushroom growing, tailoring, making the economical charcoal stoves called ‘Rondereza’ and many other things.

Some of the women who learnt tailoring from these volunteers now in a tailoring cooperative for tailoring say they are grateful for the support and funds of the Korean volunteers.

Flavia Musengimana the representatives of the tailors cooperative says they spent the whole of 2011 learning tailoring as 35 women residents of Kigarama village. The Korean volunteers helped them in getting the tools required and teachers. Even after training, the Koreans provided these women with tailoring machines and the house to operate in.

These women in the tailoring cooperative say the Korean volunteers are always ready to support them in their work and advising them. Tailoring gives them a chance to earn a living and to provide for their families as each one of them gets at least Rwf45.000 as monthly payments.

Emmanuel Rukimbira the executive secretary of Rugarika sector says these volunteers came to support local leaders in the development programs in this village which is one of the exemplary villages in the district. This is done through teaching local people how to get to development through the work of their hands.

“The Korean volunteers have taught people to work for development through their strength, learning to respect time, getting financial support where necessary but through their labour” says Rukimbira.

Apart from Kigarama village, the South Korean volunteers reside and develop other villages like Gihogwe village in Musambira sector and Mushimba village in Gacurabwenge sector.

The Korean volunteers do developmental projects in these villages by investing in what people need like farming, schools, hospitals and other infrastructures.





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