14th Dec, 2017

MP extends hand of friendship to Rwanda

RUGBY MP Mark Pawsey will be extending the hand of friendship to people in Rwanda.

The MP will be travelling to Rwanda to help mark the tenth anniversary of Project Umubano, the Conservative Party’s Social Action Project.

The project has seen hundreds of party volunteers travel to the country to help with development projects.

The name Project Umubano means ‘friendship’ or ‘co-operation’ in Kinyarwandan, the language spoken in Rwanda.

Mr Pawsey has received nearly 100kg of football shirts after he appealed to the Rugby community for donations. And courier service DHL have offered to ship the kit free of charge.

Mr Pawsey said: “Once again, the people of Rugby have proved their generosity by donating nearly 100kg of unused kit. It is hard to overstate how much people in Rwanda enjoy playing football and many follow the English Premier League very closely, so even a previous season’s kit is really appreciated by families in Rwanda.

“Alongside football kits, there has also been a kind donation of 1,000 dictionaries from Pearson which we will be taking and distributing to people in Rwanda. I’m also delighted that Harper Collins have donated 750 copies of ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which I hope will encourage young women in Rwanda to pursue their dreams.”

This is the fourth time the MP has taken part in Project Umubano, during which he will participate in business seminars to help Rwandans looking to start their own business.

He added that helping to encourage jobs and growth was one of the key ways the UK could help developing nations.

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