Dear Readers, 

Thank you for your consistent readership, support and faith in Imbuto Foundation’s mission. 


This quarter has been rich in experiences! 

Our Chairperson, First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame, advocated for Imbuto’s work through a number of private audiences with potential partners, high-level event attendances and speaking engagements, involvement in the FIFA 2023 congress, and publication of OP-ed pieces from her own “plume”. 

January saw a promising meeting between our Chairperson and Dr Ozonnia Ojielo, One UN Resident Coordinator, for future partnerships.

In February, First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame marked Heroes’ Day with a poignant opinion piece on the true nature of a Hero, and necessity of Heroism in our daily nation-building efforts.

Read the full opinion piece by First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame marking the National Heroes' Day.

The very first day of March, our Chairperson delivered a speech on female leadership, the empowerment and necessary support of women leaders, and the future of female-led entrepreneurship and innovation in Rwanda. 

A week later, First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame published a reflection on this year's International Women's Day, titled: "The Awakening of a Woman: A Blessing or Double-Edged Sword?".

Read the full opinion piece by First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame celebrating the 2023 International Women's Day.

VIDEO: First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame launches the African Women Leaders Network - Rwanda Chapter.

But March’s promising offerings did not end there. 

As Rwanda hosted the 2023 FIFA Congress, football adepts from all over the world converged to Kigali. First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame and Mrs Leena Al Ashqar participated in an exchange between the children from Umuri Foundation and International Football legends. The FIFA Chapter subsequently ended with First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame receiving FIFA's Secretary General Mrs Fatma Samoura at Imbuto Foundation offices for a presentation on the Foundation's work. 

As always, we look forward to sharing with you more of our Chairperson’s work, commitments and activities. 


Happy reading!

The Communications Team

VIDEO: First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame meets ⁦⁦Umuri Foundation and International Football Legends, on the sidelines of #FIFACongress.

From the Desk of the Director General
Dear Imbutistes, Friends and Partners of Imbuto,
It is a pleasure revisiting Imbuto Foundation’s past quarter with you.
This time around, we have decided to do things a little differently, in the hope to relay to you the story of the past few months across our 8 programmes (Health, Education and Youth Empowerment) as we experienced it.

We believe that you too have noted how conducive these first months of 2023 have been for the entire country, in improving the welfare of our families and communities, and inching one step closer to 2030 – the awaited attainment of an international vision for sustainable development.

The previous quarter was a busy one, and this most recent one has been no different. Imbuto Foundation ushered in the second half of our fiscal year with a series of events, trainings, and even the welcoming of new staff!

But before we get into the expansion of the Imbuto Family, it would be remiss not to update you on the new developments under our programmes and fulfilling of our mandate, as a foundation.
On the sidelines of FIFA 2023 congress, 2 of our very own Bahanzi, under the ArtRwanda-Ubuhanzi project took part in a Rwandese Fashion-centered side event, attended by Mrs Leena Al Ashqar, FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s wife, Adriana Lima, world-renowned model, philanthropist and FIFA global fan ambassador, and Dr Precious Motsepe, entrepreneur, philanthropist and spouse of Confederation of African Football President, Patrice Motsepe. The Fashion Brunch on the sidelines of FIFA 2023 gave the artists an opportunity to showcase their culturally-inspired creations, and display the works of other Rwandan designers.

But just as Football adepts from across the world discovered Kigali’s diverse offerings, Imbuto Foundation projects were being developed within our offices, and implemented across the country.

The launch of the #ImaliAgriChallenge has been a dearly awaited highlight of this quarter, inviting Agripreneurs across the country to stake their claim of the RWF 10,000,000 prize respectively, for the 5 best Agriculture projects.

Imali Agribusiness Challenge aims to empower and scale up youth entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector for sustainable national development.


Find out more!

Simultaneously, our approach to Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights was put under an internal magnifying glass, with the aim of improving our service provision, and chiseling our strategy. Stakeholders, technical working groups, peer educators and focal point nurses gathered for an advocacy meeting, assessing successes and challenges of the projects implemented under ASRH and HIV programme. Needless to say, lessons learnt have been reported back, evaluated, and are being integrated into future approaches as we write.
Meanwhile, under our dear Education Programme, Mount Kenya University was fulfilling its commitment to contribute to our Edified Generation programme, with a donation that will support deserving students through their secondary education. Under this partnership, Mount Kenya University will also fund the construction of two model Early Childhood Development Centres.
Those were all exciting news to relay during our General Assembly. The Imbuto board and its members gathered, to revisit the accomplishments and challenges of the past quarter, and adjust the Foundation’s approach to expanding Imbuto’s work beyond our borders, and ensuring self-sustainability.

During this year’s General Assembly, Imbuto Foundation welcomed:
  • Diana Ofwona, a longtime Imbuto member and friend, as our new first Vice-Chairperson.
  • Jeanine Munyeshuli as its newest member. We look forward to her strategic contribution to our mission.
We also deeply thank Mrs Rita Zirimwabagabo, who concludes a 15-year long journey as the Foundation's 1st Vice-Chairperson, and will continue serving on our General Assembly, as a member.
Though we have now marked the official retirement of Radegonde Ndejuru, our very own DG Mukuru, and still wish her joy and fulfillment in this new chapter, this was no goodbye. DGM, as the staff has affectionately named her, will always have a home at Imbuto, one that she has helped build through years of dedicated service.

This past quarter was also marked by new staff joining the Foundation in different departments:

  • Mireille Musaniwabo, who has joined as a Resource Mobilisation and Partnerships Specialist,
  • Raissa Giramata, our latest Knowledge Development Officer,
  • Grace Ingabire, a new Youth Empowerment Programme Officer, 
  • Jean-Philippe Kazungu, who is an intern in the Finance and Administration Department,
  • Delphine Umuhoza,  a PR & Communications Officer and,
  • Marlene Gihozo Nsengimana, who has joined the Programmes Department as a Health Programme Officer.
Below are key figures that highlight the work conducted under each one of our programmes, but before I invite you to consider them, allow me to wish you a peaceful Kwibuka.

As we begin #Kwibuka29, may this period of remembrance be a reflection on the needed collective efforts to promote peace, fight genocide denial and revisionism. May we all find solace in our united nation, and bear the conviction that the unimaginable will never reproduce itself again, in Rwanda. 

Thank you for reading this letter, and on behalf of Imbuto Foundation, I wish you a productive new quarter.

Sandrine Umutoni
Director General
Snapshot of achievements in numbers

Under our Education Programmes

  • 77,564/118,149 children and parents reached through our ECD&F programme.
  • 10,012/10,000 parents benefitted from positive parenting trainings.
  • We conducted early childhood development coordination meetings in all 30 districts to assess progress and areas of improvement.
  • 862/862 teachers and tutors trained in gender responsiveness, pedagogy and remedial learning.
  • 402/402 community education workers were given training in how to best engage parents with struggling learners as well as dropout prevention.

Under our Health Programmes

  • 17,687 youth reached through peer education and awareness campaigns on sexual reproductive health.
  • 3,217/3217 teen mothers and their families benefited from our integrated package in our areas of intervention.
  • 2,900/2,900 parents participated in our parents-adolescents communication forums.
  • 833/836 community based counselors (Abahumurizamutima) were provided with refresher trainings in 4 Districts.
  • 80/80 school counselors in 40 schools were identified and trained to provide counselling services to students.
  • 529/560 mental health safe spaces established.
  • 9675 individuals receive counseling on a weekly basis in safe spaces.
  • 9417/8000 people were reached with information on mental health and prevention on drug addiction through campaigns and 106 received mental health services.
  • Mentorship sessions with community health counselors were held in 93/529 mental health safe spaces.

Under our Youth Empowerment Programmes

  • 6,117,082 Rwf/10,000,000 Rwf (USD 6,000/ USD10,000) generated from artworks produced and sold at the ArtRwanda - Ubuhanzi selling point.
  • 135,445/95,000 Kgs of food products.
  • 78,169,500 Rwf/37,500,000 Rwf (USD 70,000/ USD 37,000) generated from selling food products.
  • Kick – off of ArtRwanda – Ubuhanzi incubation programme.
  • 60/60 ArtRwanda – Ubuhanzi artists participated in a week long training in business management.
  • iAccelerator phase 5 winners started their 6 month long mentorship programme.
Upcoming Activities
  • 29th Commemoration of The 1994 Genocide Against The Tutsi.
  • Igihango cy'Urungano Youth Forum.
  • Imali Agribusiness Challenge Youth Forum and Awarding ceremony.
  • Baho Neza Mental Health Awareness Campaign.
  • Health Integrated Services Awareness Campaign.
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