Well last night we got told out site placements. As I think most of you know we are in training in Nyanza for the first 3 months of service before we go and live on our own. my site is in Muhangu. I am really excited about it. It is 45 minutes from Kigali and an hour or so from where I am now Nyanza (which has the best market in the country so I'm glad to stay close by). I am going to be place with DUHAMIC ADRI as a health and community development volunteer. I am the only volunteer with this co-op so it is both exciting and nerve-recking. My job description seems to include anything and everything so I am excited for what I may be able to do. So far I know they are a local co-op, with a savings and lendings group and they sell nutritious porage like drinks to make money. That is all I've been told. I will go see the group and see my site next week and will update with more information as it comes. For now I am just excited to see what I'm going to be doing and where I will be living.
Info I found online at http://www.fdh.org/Rwanda-DUHAMIC-ADRI-Association.html
Duhamic-Adri, Association for Integrated rural development, was founded in 1979 with as mission to support rural community initiatives of self-development. Duhamic-Adri works particularly on conciousness raising among peasants around the mechanics of neglect and at offering services such as projects analysis, help in negotiations, training, support options...
The objectives are several :
Fight against the neglect of the rural community
Stimulate construction and merging of peasants groups and associations
Reinforce collective actions among peasant associations by starting up or motivating the launch of independent organisational structures such as inter-grouping.
Support of rural community initiatives in different development activities (agricultural production, processing and commercialisation, reforestation, craftsmanship, etc.)