Articles tagged with Rwanda
by Karen Robson / 01 Aug 2011 13:44
A group of Umbano volunteers recently visited Skekina Enterprises, a pineapple industry in the Western Province.
The project was established three years ago by Damiem, an inspiring individual who embarked on an innovative idea to dry fruit and vegetables to prolong shelf life, and as a result heads up the only company in the world drying cassava leaves. The industry created unique products for the Rwandan and international markets and provided more local
by Andrew Mitchell / 28 Jul 2011 11:53
In 2007, a group of Conservative volunteers travelled to Rwanda to begin the first Project Umubano.
43 of us began partnerships in education, health, justice, community and the private sector, alongside partners such as SURF, the Survivors Fund which supports survivors of the Rwandan genocide. We refurbished a school and began a football coaching programme for young people.
Excited by the experiences we had shared, we went back to the UK to
by David Millican / 26 Jul 2011 10:42
The village of Gitesi lies down miles of unmade, bumpy dust tracks, three and a half hours from Rwanda’s capital. The land of a thousand hills unfolds before us, rich with banana trees, rice fields and the red dirt of the road. Here, we are a world away from the bustle of Kigali.
As part of Umubano’s Business Project I am mentoring businesspeople to grow and expand. One of several projects in the
by Stephen Ogden / 25 Jul 2011 09:48
The football project is now reaching the halfway mark. Our stock of 2,000 donated kits is rapidly disappearing as we travel around schools handing out equipment. We’ve managed to please young Chelsea fans, Liverpool fans, even the occasional Hull City Fan with our shirts from the clubs. The faces on the children at one school when they realized their shirts were for keeps will stay with the group forever, I’m sure. We’ve been occasionally
by Karen Robson / 22 Jul 2011 12:08
I am sitting on the balcony of my accommodation looking out over the night skyline of Kigali wondering how 12 months have disappeared since my last visit. This is my fourth trip to Rwanda as part of Project Umubano, and I feel completely at home and delighted to be back.
When I joined the project in 2008 I had no idea what to expect other than knowing I would be part of a
by Stephen Crabb / 18 Jul 2011 16:55
‘There was no escape. We knew it was coming.”
We are sitting in Kigali’s Genocide Memorial Centre. It is a peaceful but often difficult place for visitors. There are more than 250,000 people buried here in an area the size of a football pitch. But the images of videos looping around, bones laid out in tribute and faces of families lost in the struggle fade when you hear the guide Lambert speaking softly
by Stephen Crabb / 13 Jul 2011 11:32
The flights are booked and last minute checks being made; this week more than 100 Conservative volunteers will join the party’s Project Umubano in Rwanda and Sierra Leone.
All of our teams have been busy preparing for the journey ahead, linking up with old friends in Rwanda, new volunteers learning from old hands and everyone discussing exciting new developments for Umubano’s fifth year.
We’ve met together at CCHQ