Manchester United Fans Build Home For A Genocide Survivor In Rwanda

By Ikenga Chronicles November 3, 2016

Manchester United Fans Build Home For A Genocide Survivor In Rwanda

Manchester United fans in Rwanda have done something that should be emulated by their large Nigerian followers. Their beloved club might be going through tough times, but they are happy to impact lives off the pitch.

On October 29, members of The Reds travelled to Bugesera District where they joined the residents of Karambi Village in Kayumba Cell, Nyamata Sector, to carry out community work and inaugurate a new-look home belonging to a genocide survivor, Francine Murekeyisoni.

The group, which boasts over 100 members, raised money to rehabilitate the house for the family, while they also paid school fees and provided scholastic materials for Murekeyisoni’s five children.

The decision to undertake the project was taken back in May when the Man Utd fans, through Genocide Survivors Associations, identified Murekeyisoni as one of the neediest members of her neighborhood.

At the time, they donated foodstuff, a mattress and cash to the widow, and launched the works through physically making bricks and clearing the ground for the eventual construction of the kitchen and washrooms, before contracting locals to carry on with the rest of the works.

They also gave the family a goat which has since given birth to two kids – a male and female.

“Initially the idea was to identify a needy genocide survivor household and extend our moral and material support to them during the Genocide commemoration period,” said Felix Mutangana, the chairman of The Reds.

He added: “But when we visited the family we found that the house they were living in was in a very sorry state and was almost collapsing, they had no proper kitchen as they were cooking in the open and had no roof over what they would use as toilet,so we decided we could do something bigger, immediately we held a fundraiser during which we raised some money, while the rest was raised gradually.”

“We are football fans but, before that, we are people and Rwandans for that matter. We need to support the weakest among us.” he concluded.