An artistic impression of the planned female hostel
The Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), has kick started a fundraising drive to construct an accommodation facility for female students at its Kigali campus.
The project which is expected to cost Rwf 1.7 billion is aimed at addressing the acute shortage of accommodation facilities at the institution, especially for female students.
Currently, KIST has a total of 3,000 students and among these, 708 are females and most of them are accommodated outside the campus.
According to the Rector of KIST Dr. Jean d’ Arc Mujawamariya, they came up with the project to ensure the security of the female students.
Mujawamariya said that there have been consequences associated with the girls residing outside the main campus such as lack of enough security. She added that the project is also in line with the promotion of the girl child education.
“When you want to prepare a better future for the country, you invest in girls because they are the mothers of our society and KIST is trying to do just that, since the accommodation will help their performance in class as well,” she said.
It is against this background that Mujawamariya requested all well wishers of all walks of life to contribute to the construction of the hostel which is expected to accommodate about 600 girls.
“We request the alumni of KIST, Private and Public sector organizations to contribute to this cause of availing decent accommodation for the girls who will in turn help in the development of our country,” she said.
Information from KIST administration shows that over 2,000 students are accommodated by their guardians while others rent private hostels outside the institution’s premises.
As a way of showing solidarity, KIST staff members are expected to contribute to the campaign where 4 percent of their salary will be deducted to fund the construction. Their total contribution will amount to Rwf60 million.
In an interview with Phiona Uwera, a third year student at the school said that she is excited by the initiative as it would relieve female students the burden of living outside the campus.
“Though I might not benefit from the initiative, I know it will greatly help the girls behind me,” she said.
Organizations such as Bank of Kigali (BK), ORINFOR, RSSB, PSF and UN women have already contributed towards the cause. Anyone who wishes to contribute can do so through account number 00040-0371478-01 in BK.