To mark the inauguration OF the project for supplying ‘Solar Home Systems’ in Off-grid areas by Hon mayor of Muhanga district Ms Beatrice Uwamariya and UEM Executive Secretary for Africa(1), Rev Dr John Wesley Kabango, a small ceremony was held at Kivumu village, on the 2nd of August 2018. About two hundred villagers, government officials and representatives from the two project implementing Churches as well as some staff members of RDIS organisation and Ignite Power Rwanda company Ltd attended this colourful event, which started at 10:00 in the morning and ended at about 14:00 hrs.
The Anglican Church of Rwanda (EAR), dioceses of Butare, Cyangugu, Kigeme and Shyogwe via the Rural Development Inter-diocesan Service (RDIS(2)) in collaboration Presbyterian Church of Rwanda (EPR) are jointly implementing a pilot phase of a Project for Supplying ‘Solar Home Systems’ in Off-grid areas in their respective Church areas(3). The project has started with a pilot phase, whereby 200 households are indirectly going to get a microcredit(4) to enable them to get Solar Home System kits installed in their homes.
From 2014, RDIS has been so much involved in the reduction of CO2 emissions, being an investment project it has shaped our mind to think outside the grant funds box which for many years past has driven the mindset of RDIS personnel.
The implementation of CCER phase one (CCER1) with our key partners (UEM, Bread for the World, UCB, and Kilma Kolletke) is making a good impact on people’s lives. There is a high probability of achieving what we are expected to accomplish in terms of carbon credits. The upcoming verification by a UN auditor should serve as proof of our capabilities.
The RDIS Organisation is participating in the World Environment Day by facilitating some actions and a workshop in Butare diocese on Tuesday 5th June 2018, from 9:00 o’clock onwards. The participants will be composed of about 24 youths and some leaders, who are involved in our ongoing waste management project, coming from all four dioceses of the Anglican Church in Rwanda, namely Kigeme, Shyogwe, Cyangugu and Butare.
African cities, towns and shopping centers are growing rapidly, however, hygiene and sanitation is questionable whereby people’s health is affected due to the poor collection, treatment, transportation, storage, and eventual disposal of waste. The prevailing increase in the level of urbanization in Africa is expected to continue in the future.
RDIS organization is therefore currently implementing a “Waste Management for Environmental Safeguard” project in Rwanda. The beneficiaries of the project are Church’s training centers, guest houses, schools and health centers. Special training is given to managers and personnel of these institutions and people, especially the youth, who are likely to influence others with knowledge and skills about waste management. Special waste bins and policies are distributed to these institutions.
- RDIS Organisation participation on World’s Environment Day 2018 to demonstrate its initiatives to fight Plastic Pollution
- RDIS Organisation is taking part in the World Environment Day on 5th June 2018 by facilitating a workshop and some actions to #BeatPlasticPollution in Butare diocese.
- Photoalbum: RDIS Actions on World's Environment Day 2018 -- BeatPlasticPollution
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