- January 22, 2023
The Rwandan community and friends of Rwanda, on Saturday, January 21, 2023, convened in Washington D.C. for the New Year celebration catch-up.
The occasion served as an opportunity to reflect on the end-of-year message of President Paul Kagame, celebrate achievements, and look ahead with determination.
Ambassador of Rwanda in Washington D.C. Mathilde Mukantabana spoke about the strong bond between Rwanda and the US. She also spoke about the significant contributions that the Rwandan community makes to both countries.
As she highlighted the progress and development the community had made, she encouraged them to stay connected with their homeland and to continue to support it.
Ambassador Mathilde acknowledged the unwavering support of friends of Rwanda and expressed gratitude for their commitment to the country. She also recognized the achievements of the Rwandan community in the US and encouraged them to strive for excellence in all their endeavors.
Cathy Rwivanga, the representative of the Rwandan community in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, detailed their past and future activities. She expressed appreciation for the sustained support received. She urged members to increase advocacy, networking, relationship building, and collaboration for the success of Rwanda.
“Let’s go out there and be Rwanda’s advocates, network for Rwanda, build relationships for Rwanda, collaborate for Rwanda, partner for Rwanda. Our collective effort will propel Rwanda to heights we can all be proud of,” said Cathy Rwivanga.
The New Year’s celebration, also attended by members of the diplomatic corps and media in Washington D.C., was a night of merriment, and a showcase of Rwanda’s culture through traditional songs and dance, fostering joy and unity.