Friday, 22 April 2021 – The Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) held a commemoration event at its Headquarters for its former staff of BRD, Former Caisse Hypothecaire and clients who were killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
To comply with COVID-19 measures put in place, the bank held the commemoration in hybrid format (on-site and online). The virtual commemoration was attended by BRD staff, representatives from IBUKA and relatives of the former staff and clients of BRD and was preceded with the laying of wreaths at the BRD monument.
In her remarks, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BRD, Ms. Kampeta Sayinzoga said that this year’s commemoration is aligned with the core focus of Rwandans and all citizens of the world to renew their commitment to the fight against Genocide and its evil ideology.
“Our contribution as Staff of BRD is to ensure that we combine efforts to fight against genocide denial in all its forms and everywhere it may appear, whether at workplace or in our homes. Let us be agents of change to foster unity,” Kampeta said.
She extended strength and comfort to all survivors and the entire country. “This is a difficult moment for our Nation, but also an opportunity to remember and honor the victims as well as renew our commitment to contribute to national development for a better future. We call upon the relatives of the deceased families to collaborate with the bank in collecting more information about the victims in order to enable the Bank to document their individual stories and keep their memories alive,” she added.
During the event, Ms. Ange Ishimwe, the only living survivor of her family, also a relative to one of the former BRD staff gave a testimony about her survival against many odds. During her testimony she thanked BRD for always supporting her and giving the families a platform to remember their loved ones.
The acting President of IBUKA, Mr. Egide Nkuranga, who was the guest of honor appreciated the Bank’s continued support to the genocide survivors through the many initiatives; however, he noted that the consolidated private sector efforts will be needed going forward to empower the resilience of the survivors and the Nation as a whole.
BRD is committed to play its role as the leading financier of Rwanda’s national development agenda with emphasis on improving sustainable livelihoods of all Rwandans especially vulnerable survivors.
For the past five (5) years, the Bank has committed support to various vulnerable communities through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives particularly focused on improving the lives of genocide survivors mainly the youth and women.
During the 27th commemoration activities countrywide, the Bank has committed to provide over 30 homes in Kamonyi district with access to solar panels which will enable these households to access electricity and improve their socioeconomic livelihoods.
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