On June 18, 2021, Banque Populaire du Rwanda Plc (BPR) donated Rwf 6,000,000 to SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda. to support its efforts in raising vulnerable children.
SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda runs different programmes including alternative care, which provides care to vulnerable children, abandoned ones and vulnerable young people to unlock their potentials, as well as the Family-Strengthening programme which empowers families to take care of their children.
Jean-Bosco Kwizera, the National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda commended the bank for the donation saying it will boost efforts to raise vulnerable children.
“We welcome the support from BPR because it is an additional support to raise vulnerable children. We really need funding from both outside Rwanda and local donors such as BPR. It requires people’s commitment to supporting vulnerable children. We thank those who are already contributing,” he said. The Managing Director of BPR, Maurice Toroitich said that supporting the vulnerable people in communities is part of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy to give back to the community.
“The most important reason why we decided to make a contribution to SOS villages Rwanda is that we see a close connection between the purposes of SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda and the purpose of BPR as a bank. We are both made up to provide support. SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda provides support to vulnerable children from the community. The purpose of BPR is to provide financial support to communities to become sustainable and prosperous,” he said.
The Managing Director of BPR added that by providing financial support to SOS Villages Rwanda, BPR is giving hand to the efforts to the vulnerable children and families stressing, “We depend on a community that is able to provide for business now and in the future. That is BPR’s purpose.”
Currently, SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda cares for 274 children and 315 youths living in the four locations in Nyamagabe, Gasabo, Gicumbi and Kayonza. Over 7,100 beneficiaries and 1,179 families are enrolled into Family Strengthening Programme aiming to support vulnerable families in their capacity to protect and care for children in four districts.