Metropolitan of Believers Eastern Church donated 1839 Mutuelle de Santé to Musanze residents as one of the ways for changing their livelihoods.
The Indian based church supported local residents of Musanze Sector, Kabuzungu Cell, with Mutuelle de Santé through ‘Citizen Assemblies’ which took place on Tuesday 21.
During the assembly, about 1839 people, many of whom come from vulnerable families, welcomed the initiative over having been financially unstable.
It was not easy to afford money for such community based-health insurance as most residents here are small farmers with limited scale of land, as well.
Beneficiaries who spoke to Kigali Up appreciated the support hoping that it will help them secure their families for the next year 2203-2224.
Bernadette Nzamukosha is among the many families who have been struggling to get Mutuelle de Santé.
“Life is going to change as I am privileged to get this insurance, I and my family will be safe for the next year of Mutuelle de Santé,” she said, with a smiling face.
It’s the same story, as well, to old Théogene Nshimiyimana who has been struggling in his agriculture for Irish potato but records limited yield which challenged him getting Mutuelle de Santé on time.
“It’s good to get this Mutuelle de Santé since we have not been getting enough harvest, many thanks to the district and Believers Eastern Church,” he added.
Speaking at the gathering, Dr Simon Dass, in charge of the Community Transformation Project urged the local residents that, “we consider Rwanda as our family, that’s why we are here in Kabazungu.” Adding that, “we can make this community a paradise once we work together.”
Bishop Gee Varghesse Mor Makariose who represented the Metropolitan of Believers Eastern Church at the event unveiled that, “church in not only about spiritual, but it’s about helping needy people as Jesus Christ recommend” assuring that the support will continue, if God permit, to reach more people.
The Vice Mayor for Musanze District in Charge of Social Affairs, Axelle Kamanzi, thanked the church for supporting the local community for health insurance so that they will be able to access health services once they get sick.
Official data by 2022-2023 show that 8.3 percent have not yet paid Mutuelle de Santé while 91.7 percent did so in the whole district.