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Archbishop Kolini launches the project.
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Archbishop Kolini Launches Water Project
by Grace Mugabe
RWANDA 060223-1
February 23, 2006

[L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda - Rwanda] The leader of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini, launched a water project in a drought-ravaged District of Bugesera on 22nd February.

The event, which gathered many local residents, was marked with prayers and lots of thanks to God the Almighty for having enabled the Church put in place a water project that would save residents from drought.

“May God the Almighty bless the people of Bugesera so that they may get enough water and rain,” said Archbishop Kolini as he launched the project. “May He bless Rwanda as well so that it turns into the Land of Canaan that provided milk and honey.

“You should try to plant trees because trees act as the source of rain,” Kolini added. He urged people to plant vegetables in valleys for sale in Kigali markets. “You would get money and food from the vegetables once you had grown it,” he noted.

The water project which started late last year is being funded by Global Geneva, a Christian organisation which has its headquarters in America.

The project has so far injected over 27 million Rwandan francs into the country. More money is soon to be injected to enable the whole district to access water, according to Wim Groenendijk, a development expert from Holland who is attached to theDiocese of Kigali.

”The project is to spread to the whole of Bugesera, and it will benefit the poor people,” Groenendijk said.

Bugesera District is in the eastern part of Rwanda, which has been hit by severe famine due to prolonged drought. This has forced many Christians to flee the area in search for food.