However, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the collapse of Kayirangwa’s business. As a way forward, the leadership of the 123-year-old aid agency is seeking support from well-wishers to help her and others in a similar situation rebuild their businesses, which will enable them live in dignity.
Through the three-year program, officials of the 162-member confederation are also reaching out to the elderly at the Mahama camp, “ensuring they are fed and taken care of.”
“We’re enabling people to farm by providing seeds and tools,” Caritas officials say in the November 11 report, adding, “All efforts are focused on making farming as environmentally friendly as possible.”
Through the program, the mentally challenged, including those who are yet to recover from past human rights abuses are helped to move on.
Caritas officials are also training mediators to facilitate peacebuilding initiatives at the camp, they note in the report and making reference to the words of Pope Paul VI add, “Development is the new word for peace.”
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“We want to support the community in Mahama camp to rebuild their lives, reinforcing long term development plans for restoring dignity,” CI officials say.
In the November 11 report, the official go on to acknowledge with appreciation the support of partners who have supported Kayirangwa and the people in Mahama camp over the past few years, enabling their small businesses to grow and their autonomy to increase in a way that “really improves their lives.”
“In this time of pandemic, solidarity is not just an option, but it is the best way for delivering hope and opportunities to those struggling the most,” CI officials say.
Founded on November 9, 1897 by German Fr. Lorenz Werthmann, Caritas Internationalis shares the mission of the Catholic Church to serve the poor and to promote charity and justice throughout the world.