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Nyagatare residents strengthen solidarity associations for affording funeral services cost

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Residents of Nyagatare district have created solidarity associations that have strengthened a mutual support that help community members afford funeral services cost.

The residents save money that eventually supports the bereaved families to afford funeral services cost such as coffin.

The culture Rukomo sector was sourced from Rwamagana district according to residents who spoke to The Inspirer source of this story.

Some of the citizens of Nyagatare Distrct sharing the good cultural practices with The Inspirer on November 16, 2018.

Such solidarity is one of the main pillars of Rwandan values starting from the founder of Rwanda, Gihanga and the culture is still persisting.

FidèleTabaro, the resident in this sector in Nyagatare district who lived in this area after relocating from Rwamagana district in 2012 faced tragedy when his daughter passed away only after one month living here.

He witnessed that he was supported by Christians from Rwamagana district who had embraced such solidary values, the culture that inspired the residents in the area to establish the same platform.

“I did not pay anything since they paid everything for the funeral services cost,” he said.

Tabaro immediately spread such solidarity culture in Nyagatare district and since then, it has grown to such extent they created solidarity associations.

“In our area, we have created solidarity associations and when one of our members faces tragedy we support one another by paying any cost required for funeral services cost such as coffin by spending the saved contributions. We also pay Mutuelle de Sante for the members through the savings,” he said.

He explained that the culture has been strengthened to a degree where every citizen willingly rushes to back their friends in tragedy.

“Death befalls people without preparing for it and therefore solidarity associations are timely. I used to be grouped in ‘Dutabarane’ Association in Rwamagana district and I replicated it in Nyagatare and we have made tremendous achievements since the inception. The interventions are not only done during death but also when neighbors are attacked by criminals,” he said.

Solidarity during famine

Tabaro told the Inspirer that they have another saving association called “ Dutabarane” that rescues those facing starvation.

“We collect beans and when bad times of hunger emerge, the stores help us to cope with the situation by giving food to a member as loan and pays back the food when they harvest in the next season,” he narrated.

Veneranda Singayirimana, a 58-year-old woman said there is a need for more mobilization about such culture at such a younger age.

“No single person can manage all difficult situations, solidarity is a better solution for that and should be inculcated in all people. I commit to stick to the culture. It should be a lesson to young people who are the foundation for the future generation,” said 20 years old Jean Pierre Imanidufashe.

The mayor of Nyagatare district, David Mushabe Claudian

The mayor of Nyagatare district, David Mushabe Claudian told the Inspirer that it is a good model of solidarity both in tragedy and wedding ceremonies.

“We have a solidarity association of 600 members that support each other during funeral ceremony among many other associations. They also support one another in wedding ceremonies. We are also part of the association as an approach of encouraging them. We will continue mobilization so that other districts learn from us,” he said.

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