The launch of project ‘EVE’ (Energie Verte & Elevage – Green Energy & Livestock) took place on Tuesday 30th September in Nyamagabe district in Southern Province of Rwanda, with the participation of many invited guests, including local and national dignitaries, representatives of VSF Belgium’s partners from local and international NGOs, including IMBARAGA (VSF’s main local partner), and the representative from the Belgian embassy in Kigali.
Move with Africa is an action meant for the young. Interculturality, world citizenship, north-south relations; these are the themes that the action initiated by Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique takes on, in partnership with ten development cooperation actors, the Belgian ministry of Development Cooperation, and the ministry of Education of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Within the scope of this project, Pauline describes her stay in Rwanda with Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium.
“We will build a better future for everyone by giving people the freedom and the power to build a better future for themselves and their families.” These wise words came from Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft. It is likewise a slogan adopted by Vétérinaires Sans Frontières. With your support and commitment, thousands of livestock keepers were able to improve their standard of living in 2013. Here is a brief glimpse into some of the achievements you made possible!
After having slept a little longer than usual, with great cheer among the majority of us, we lunch quietly in Kigali before a debriefing. The general opinion is that all seems almost perfect. Martin, who works for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, learned some French expressions that he is fond of using…
After buckling our bags (yes, it is already the last day in Butare), we take the road for Nyanza where the group separates once again. We follow a veterinarian who goes by the name of Félicien whilst the others will provide assistance on a deworming campaign. Félicien, his large white coat, and material, embark on his motorbike. We leave to assist and even take part in the various care given: internal deworming, gestation diagnoses, and dehorning. Not bad, eh?
The traditional morning omelets were served quickly; have the Rwandans become accustomed to our pace? In any case, we begin to adapt to their way of doing things. The groups of the previous day were reformed and traded work places. It is thus towards Nyanza that we embarked on our delicious picnic in order to help the beneficiaries of Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium to construct an improved oven.
Seated in the shade of a banana tree at the terrace of our hotel, Corentin and I (Lyam) would like to take a few minutes to tell you about our adventures this day. We left around 8:30 in the morning, once our picnic was safely loaded into the 4x4.
A new day begins for us at 7:00 am. A little school excursion! Nothing is better than a good omelet before we pile into the jeeps. We’re full of energy, which will be necessary as we're about to face the perilous and rocky roads of Africa.
Move for Africa is an awareness campaign on development cooperation, organized by the Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique. Students from the Collège de Bellevue in Dinant travelled to Rwanda to discover the projects of Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium. They exchanged experiences with the local population to get a better view of development issues such as poverty and food security. On their trip, they wrote a blog.