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BURERA: Vision Impaired Hakorimana gained hope of life, now is a good leader

Author Jerome MUNYENTWALI Views

When Vivens Hakorimana grew up with vision impairment, his hope of the future as a decent citizen was far from his dreams due to self-discrimination.

Hakorimana is a 47-year-old man and is now the leader of TWIZERANE KIVUYE association of persons with blindness in Kivuye sector, Burera District in Northern Province, thanks to the training acquired from Masaka Resource Centre for the Blinds.

As he concluded the training, Hakorimana got an idea of forming an association in order to bring together persons with vision impairment to share experience, challenges and raise their voices for self-advocacy.

Speaking to The Profile, he said “I spent long time thinking that many things could not be realized but now everything goes in the right way”. He thanks Rwanda Union of the Blinds (RUB) that always increases efforts in promoting social inclusion by catering for persons with Vision impairment.

“RUB has a significant role to support persons with vision impairment and my idea to bring my colleagues together was that I found a lot of them suffering and I requested people who has a normal vision to help me put together people with vision impairment so that I can help them by teaching them how to get out of miserable lives”

On 8th February 2017, it’s when this association got legal personality with the intention to help one another.

“When I started this association, many blind people were still fearing to leave their home’s but slow by slow, they gained confident and joined us.” He said.
“We started by contributing two hundred Rwandan Francs per months for every member, now we have already saved over three hundred fifty thousand Rwandan Francs.” Hakorimana added.

He witnessed that he left Masaka Resource Centre for the Blinds after mastering how to weed maize, using a hoe in the field, he then went back to apply it with his fellow members of associations.

Now they vowed to go and improve the way of working by creating innovations in doing advocacy.

“We got two sewing machines, so we are going to make many pullovers that we can sell to the market.” Hakorimana said.

Changes at Home

“RUB took us from bottom level to another level, like at my home, they used to see me as incapable man, but now it’s totally different."

"Before being trained by RUB, I could do nothing at home by myself. I could not leave home to attend an important meeting like this at sector office, I could only cultivate and harvest and so on” He is now happy that his children have attended school, the elder is in secondary school, the second is P5.

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