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Ecobank Rwanda celebrated Ecobank Day on Tuesday October 26 with a donation of 5 million Rwf to the Inshuti Zacu center which takes care of mentally and physically disabled children.
Ecobank Day is the bank’s annual corporate and social responsibility event to give back to local communities in Rwanda.
This year’s event focused on mental health as part of the bank’s commitment to better health, with the aim of reducing stigma and discrimination against people living with mental illnesses.
With the theme “Mental Health – It’s time to speak up and take action!The day marked the final step in Ecobank’s three-year campaign to raise awareness and help prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
In previous years, the campaign had focused on cancers in 2019, diabetes in 2020, and mental health this year.
Alice Kilonzo-Zulu, Managing Director of Ecobank Rwanda, stressed that there are still mental health issues in the Rwandan community, hence the need for meaningful action.
âThere are still a lot of misconceptions about mental health, which is why it is very important to speak openly about mental health without feeling stigma or taboo,â she said in her remarks.
âOur contribution as Ecobank will use this day (Ecobank day) to get these messages across to as many people as possible, because it’s time to talk and act on mental health! “she added.
Sister Emeritha Nyirandayizeye, the head of the center, also echoed Kilonzo’s words, that stigma is still present in society.
âChildren are often stigmatized in all kinds of ways, but they also have to be seen like other children, so we thank you for taking this ‘different’ step and coming to our rescue, this initiative. is very special! she said.
Nyirandayizeye added that Ecobank is a benchmark bank because it is not focused on profit, but focused on humanity.
The Inshuti zacu center is a home for 25 children with mental and physical disabilities which was founded in 2000 by Sister Catherine Nduwamariya GeneviÃ¨ve.
She founded the initiative with the aim of responding to the problems of children with disabilities who are often stigmatized in society, especially by parents and family members.
Ecobank Rwanda is a member of the leading pan-African banking group, the Ecobank Group.
It has been present in Rwanda for 15 years and has eight branches, 32 ATMs, 290 Xpress Point agents, 2,272 merchants and serves numerous clients through its consumer, commercial and corporate banking divisions.
Ecobank is also present in 33 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.