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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From 24th to 26th January 2018, two senior staff members of RDIS went for a field visit in the area of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, Cyangugu diocese. As one can see in the few pictures below, all ongoing projects in this area are running well thanks to the good work of local RDIS staff members, stakeholders and the excellent leadership of the diocese.
Since many years ago RDIS is collaborating with government leadership especially at local levels (District, Sectors, Cells and Villages) in establishing, running and managing tree nurseries, which reach nearly half of the population of Rwanda from Gitarama (RDIS headquarter) to Cyangugu, i.e. the wide area of Southern and Western Provinces. This project is in line with the mission of RDIS organisation of safeguarding the environment and increasing production for sustainable and holistic development of the communities.
The tree nursery project produces tree seedlings, which are distributed freely to community members and institutions in the area. This successful project is implemented by RDIS organisation with support from Rwanda Aid.
By the end of December 2017 the project had distributed and aided to plant 200,000 tree seedlings for fruit and agro-forestry. Each tree nursery bed had 25,000 seedlings for agro-forestry, i.e. forestry and fruit trees.
A group picture with Ms Alison Wright and some staff members of Rwanda Aid
I cannot thank you enough for the work and accomplishments and achievements we got this year. Thank you all for your contributions!
In this year, we thought it would be ideal to share with you some of our accomplishments by this means - email and website. But more importantly, knowing that we are getting close to the end of the year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
We have achieved a great deal despite of some challenges.
Among the major issues that challenge the environment in Rwanda is the wide use of open firewood stoves for cooking and for boiling drinking water. Similarly, the hunting, cutting, fetching and carrying of the tree logs and branches by man primarily living in rural communities have caused increasing deforestation despite the RDIS’s forestation and tree planting efforts. While the entire process is useful to enable households to have food on table, RDIS decided to come up with a project that would enable the local communities to continue using firewood for cooking in a sustainable and ecologically friendly way. This means we had to find an innovative solution of reducing the problem while promoting peoples welfare and standards of living. The only way to go was therefore to initiate Climate Change mitigation projects. Hence the planning and implementation of this project under the name: Carbon Emission Reduction for Self-sustainable Environmental Care Project (CCER).
I'm Hendrik, 21 years old, and I'm having the honour to be the volunteer of RDIS from October 2022 till August 2023.
I got sent by the United Evangelical Mission (UEM), which is a long-term partner of RDIS and the four dioceses of the Anglican Church of Rwanda: Butare, Cyangugu, Kigeme and Shyogwe. UEM has multiple volunteer and other programs. Sponsored by Engagement Global, UEM enhances young people to learn and to step in touch with different social backgrounds, which they are not familiar with from their homes. I'm the first volunteer after the global pandemic of Covid-19.
My daily activities are mainly based on office and administrative tasks. Hereby I am assisting my colleagues in their responsibilities.
I'm grateful for the opportunity, which RDIS is giving me and the different aspects where I got enabled to learn about their work and the social-economic context in which RDIS is operating.
These experiences are influencing my view on my studies (Social Science at the University of Cologne) and my personal life. The staff of RDIS aims to change the life of their beneficiaries. They have changed mine as well.
Thank you RDIS for this enriching year.
International volunteer service invites young individuals, aged 18-28, to spend a year contributing to a foreign country. Working together, cultural exchange and learning from each other on a daily basis are the focus of the voluntary service.
The Rural Development Interdiocesan Service (RDIS) in Rwanda periodically provides placements for the North-South program. This forms a part of the United Evangelical Mission's (UEM) volunteer service, itself a component of the broader weltwärts program.