Rwanda peacekeepers with orphans in Haiti
The Rwanda Formed Police Unit (RWAFPU-IV) serving under the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti celebrated Christmas by donating an assortment of foodstuff to orphans at Perpetuel Secours orphanage Centre in Haiti on December 24, 2013.
The contingent donated food items such as rice, soap, cooking oil, playing balls, eggs, sugar, beans, cassava flour, salt and water.
They joined the vulnerable children to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and to give them hope and joy in this festive season.
Eliane Mosi Moussignac, the founder of the orphanage received the assortment, presented by CSP Peter Hodari, the Contingent Commander.
Mosi expressed gratitude for the RWAPFU’s outreach adding, “It will enable these vulnerable children to have special celebration on Christmas day and New Year.”
The assortment was bought out of the financial contribution of each of the Rwanda police officer serving in the Caribbean nation.
The centre established in 2006 is a home of about 400 orphans.
It was created to help vulnerable children especially orphans to acquire basic necessities like shelter and free education.
CSP Peter Hodari said the reason for the donation was to share “Christmas with the vulnerable children.”
“We saw a need, and as it’s a norm among Rwandans, we reached out for help and give these children hope and joy and celebrate with them this festive season,” CSP Hodari said.
The occasion was also attended by the Rwandan peacekeepers in Haiti.
CSP Hodari urged officers to maintain this voluntary culture of humanitarian activities as dignified Rwandans.
The role played by the Rwandan peacekeepers in Haiti goes beyond its mandate of helping Haitian National Police to ensure the safety of people living in Haiti but also to support people’s welfare, enhance development through maintaining infrastructure and environmental protection.