With Opening Remarks & Morning Prayer by Bishop Jered Kalimba and Closing remarks by Bishop Abednego Keshomshahara

The United Evangelical Mission (UEM) - African Region - organized a follow-up workshop on the Role of Churches in Addressing Climate Change with an exposure visit to RDIS's environmental protection projects in Rwanda, from 14th to 16th November 2018. The hosting Church was the Anglican Church - Shyogwe diocese.

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This sub-regional workshop was organized by UEM in collaboration with 6 member Churches: 4 dioceses of Anglican Church (Butare, Shyogwe, Cyangungu, and Kigeme), CBCA, EPR, ELCT-NWD, ELCT-KAD and ELCT-ECD.

More than 25 participants from the 6 Churches shared about their actions and projects (achievements, challenges and further recommendations) for Environmental Protection in the past 2 years as  a follow-up workshop on UEM Recommendations for Climate Change, which were endorses by UEM leaders in workshops that were held in March/2016 and September/2016 in Nyamata Rwanda and in September/2017 in Dar es Salaam.

The host of the workshop, Bishop Rev Dr. Jered Kalimba from Anglican Church - Shyogwe diocese started his opening remarks and morning prayer by inviting the international guests in Rwanda and particularly in Shyogwe diocese. He said; "I welcome and invite you to plan together on how TO BE BLESSINGS TO OUR NATIONS and TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF OUR PEOPLES."

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Group picture of participants in front of the seminar room

During the first morning devotion, Bishop Kalimba reminded the workshop participants about the reconciliation with the creation by bringing back the Garden of Eden. He said, "In Genesis 2:15, we read that the Lord God placed the Man in the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and guard it. God made also a suitable companion to the man to help him. All was good indeed."

He continued by saying: "... We are steward of God’s creation and of our own lives. However hard and complicated it may be; we have to build and protect our environment anyway."

Later in his opening remarks, he underlined some points such as Unity, Creativity & Ownership, and UEM Recommendations for Climate Change.
With regard to unity, he said; "The member Churches of UEM have to live in Unity, speaking the same language and looking at the same direction. The Bible says that two are better than one. Together we are stronger, acting alone you are weaker."

He also stressed on the importance of Sharing Experiences. He said; "We are here to share experiences. Christian Ethics teach us to share what we have as the first Christians in Acts of Apostles were doing. We thank God for what EAR and EPR Churches are doing together in addressing Climate issues. Let us see how we can bring this experience to our different churches. “

The UEM Vice moderator and Bishop of ELCT-NWD, Rev Dr. Abednego Keshomshahara in his closing remarks thanked the participants for their attendance and participation. He said; “It is said, that Dr. Martin Luther once said; ‘If I am told that the world ends tomorrow, I would still plant a tree today’. What a big hope against the challenges we face today in view of global warming. This encourages us to work hard and hard in our Churches and families with regard to Climate protection.”

He continued by saying; ”Frank Benjamin once said, ‘We have to work as if we shall live forever, but pray as if we die tomorrow.’ It is better to go back home and implement our recommendations for further improvements of protecting our globe, which eventually protects us.”

Bishop Keshomshahara concluded his remarks by saying, the success stories and progress attained so far should motivate us to pursue further the envisaged goals in partnership with UEM, One for the Climate and other players/actors. He thanked God for enabling workshop participants to start and end well the workshop.

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Group picture of participants during an exposure visit to beneficieries of Solar Home System project in Muhanga, Rwanda

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“Having a good lighting system makes the home feel more comfortable!”

On Friday 17.08.2018, RDIS organisation was delighted to launch its project on supplying Solar Home Systems (SHS) in Gisagara district, Rwanda. The president of the BoD and at the same time the legal representative of RDIS organisation, Bishop Nathan Gasatura together with the Executive Secretary of Cyiri cell, Ms Francoise Maniraguha launched the project in the presence of more than 100 villagers and invited guests.

This special event started at around 10:30 with a meeting, where the executive secretary of Cyiri cell welcomed the invited guests. Prior to that, she thanked RDIS organisation for bringing the project for Supplying #SolarHomeSystems in her work area as it will improve the livelihood of the people who until now had no electricity in their homes.

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Villagers from Cyiri cell during the meeting

“Over 7 million people in Rwanda still have no electricity”

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.

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Executive Summary

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.pictures pfan report on the participation1

Accomplishments and Call for Support 2017

Allow us to share with you some of our accomplishments and a call for support.
Vision Statement
A Holy Soul in a Healthy Body.
Mission Statement
To safeguard environment, increase the production aiming at sustainable and holistic development.
Objectives Statement
To promote sustainable development by mobilizing the community members to lift themselves out of poverty.