On 3rd June2016, AVEGA-AGAHOZO in partnership with Global Engagement Institute along with Teacher and students from Hamline University in USA visited activities of AVEGA members in MULINJA, KIGOMA Sector, NYANZA DISTRICT in Southern Province. These visitors were able to see the development of AVEGA members and of a country as well. At the office of Kigoma sector, visitors were welcomed by Social Affairs with the Representative of AVEGA in Nyanza District, MUKARUTAMU Immaculee.
The visited group with 31 group members, has a banana plantation, they have stepped forward in working together, helping each other and problem solving as well as saving for their tomorrow. There are also other members of AVEGA who have grouped themselves together and are growing rice from which they get a good harvest. Meeting on work have helped these AVEGA members to leave loneliness behind in their lives, together they discuss different things and get advices from one another, they visit each other and they can know who has a problem among themselves to help her/him. They did not forget those who are weak to work, for they take care of them. There is also another AVEGA member who owns a diary named “ZIRAKAMWA MEZA DIARY”, who was visited, Madam KAYITESI Immaculee, who is leading the Diary, thanked AVEGA-AGAHOZO, welcomed guests and explained to them the background history of their day to day activities. Teachers and students toured the “ZIRAKAMWA MEZA DIARY” place and met the employees of this diary. “Working helps not to waste time questioning about your life and makes you able to give your contribution”, said Madam KAYITESI Immaculee.
KAYITESI went on saying that after the 1994 genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi, life was not easy at all due to that killers did not only kill our families but destroyed everything and took away with them many of what we owned before. “But today life has a meaning to us and I hope that what I have started to do will keep growing” said Kayitesi, closing her speech.
Visitors, in their speech appreciated what visited AVEGA members have achieved so far, they also very much appreciated the long journey of self rebuilding in the last 22 years after the 1994 genocide against Tutsi. They appreciated what AVEGA-AGAHOZO has done to put together its members, especially those who had the initiative of creating AVEGA-AGAHOZO that has members from all Provinces of the Country.
This day’s program ended with visitors tasting products of “ZIRAKAMWA MEZA DIARY”, like yoghurt and others.