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When I got the opportunity to visit the youth in Ruhango, I was really amazed by their stories, by how the Rungano-Ndota Initiative has, and still is, changing their perspectives, their mindsets, in brief their lives! I was amazed at seeing how what they are taught is bringing them tremendous confidence in themselves and in the future. I am happy for having met them, and I encourage this development project that is in line of the vision of Rwanda, which is of making people self-reliant, entrepreneurship-oriented, and (why not!) being useful to others, their families, the nation, and mankind. .
Growing up as an orphan with patriarchal lineage from Ruhango, I did not expect to return to a vibrant and dynamic group of youth engaged in entrepreneurial leadership in Ruhango, of all places. I witnessed firsthand youth of Rungano-Ndota who came from poverty, with little or no formal education, take on the different business models and marketing strategies that you'd expect among businesses professionals or business majors in the USA. I was touched by personal stories that bore resemblance to my own personal story. I witnessed a "Dream Generation," the meaning of Rungano-Ndota. I can attest to the transformation of lives in Ruhango through the program’s educational, inspirational and empowerment efforts. I endorse and appreciate all the efforts made by friends, donors and partners of Rungano Ndota across the world. Your efforts have made a tremendous difference in the lives of Rungano-Ndota youth.
If I compare the youths in Rungano-Ndota to those in rural areas of my country Burundi, especially the young women, the ones in Rungano-Ndota are more confident and eloquent because they are being given a platform to express themselves and participate in activities. Burundi and Rwanda are similar in their geography, demography, culture, language etc. But the difference in development is pretty evident, and that is because organizations like Rungano-Ndota are empowering the youth, especially women who make up the majority of the population. I have witnessed that the youth in Rungano-Ndota are smart, organized and curious to learn about different things that can help them improve their day to day lives. Their energy and enthusiasm is exciting. Seeing Rungano-Ndota in action, now I can see why Rwanda is going the way it's going. More can be done to reduce poverty and inequality by providing more access to opportunities like this for the youth to like learning and do business.
All of us as human beings are not created equally, and when we look how life is rushing sometimes you think that God is injustice. But None is born happy or sad. Happiness is a decision you make. I had to make that decision when I was growing up too. When I visited Rungano-Ndota the youth there were wondering how tomorrow will be and some of them had no answer as where they were born their families’ income was almost nothing. But salute to Rungano-Ndota program which helps these youth to improve their life and gives them a smile. We shared goals to achieve such as doing things well and doing them better; Be daring, be first, and be different! Everyone in Rungano-Ndota has her/his plan - not only their cooperatives also for their private life. I am waiting to see how in two years everyone from Rungano-Ndota will be able to support more and more youth of RWANDA.