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History of Friars in Rwanda
Written by fra Ivica Perić

The first group of Friars arrived in Rwanda on 20th February 1983. Kivumu was then given to the Friars as a parish to - be by the Bishop of Kabgayi diocese. At that time Kivumu was a centre under Cheza Parish. In the beginning, the Friars had to live in Cheza parish as they slowly built their friary. Among the first group were: the former minister General Friar Giacomo Bini, Frs. Anselmo and Raul.

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The Friar's Involvement with the People
Written by fra Ivica Perić

In the beginning Friars worked and lived among the people of Kivumu and Rwanda in a very simple way. For example they would go to dig, carry water and firewood with them. The people slowly began appreciating this Franciscan way of doing things. The Friars especially Vjeko tried many ways of helping people to help themselves by creating ways of getting jobs and food by organizing them into groups and associations and groups like; bread baking, storing beans, sorghum, peas, and opening shops for groups etc.

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