As the rest of the world, Rwanda is also facing the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Caritas Rwanda has not fold one's arms in front of the problem, it is now participating by helping the government containing the virus by spreading media messages, giving food to vulnerable families facing economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.
During this hard time many people lost their jobs especially those who were payed on daily basis. That money was the only income for them to be able to put food on plates. Caritas Rwanda as usual decided to do something to help.
Caritas Family from community to national level has mobilized more than 160 Million Rwandan Francs (over 160 000 euros) to support those people who have been affected due to the social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis;
Food was distributed by Caritas diocesans with the government help, which works closely with Caritas.
Families which got helped were very happy and thankful to Caritas and the government.
Through different local medias, Caritas Rwanda has spread messages about COVID-19, via Voice for change project, explaining what is it, about protection and calling people to protect themselves.
About Caritas Staff, at National level they have resumed their work on 4th May with strong respect to the health guidelines from the Ministry of health (hand hygiene, mask wearing and social distancing);
Caritas Field Staff have also resumed their work but some were still blocked at their home as traveling from one province to another is still banned but Caritas Rwanda Leadership is worked with Government Officials to help them to get official permission to go back to their working areas and now it’s done.
Also Continued and regular updates/shared information to/from Catholic based Health Facilities, Caritas Diocesans and the Ministry of Health on Novel Corona virus evolution and response; Continued advocacy and resource mobilization to support Church response to Covid-19 Outbreak are being done.
Rwanda has also experienced its first rainy season, which traditionally extends from February to May. Hundreds of people died after heavy rain caused flooding, landslides and destroying homes.
The rains have caused deaths, casualties and damage, making it more difficult to fight the corona virus pandemic;
Finally, Caritas Rwanda is working closely with the Government through the Ministry in charge of Emergency Management, Ministry of local administration having social affairs in its mandate and with its Caritas network partners: CRS and Trocaire, to support the vulnerable and displaced people who have been affected by the mentioned heavy rains and floods in Rwanda.