Global Civic Sharing Rwanda (GCS-Rwanda), an international non-governmental organization, has played a pivotal role in empowering citizens of Kamonyi District through self-help groups (SHGs), aligning with the spirit of liberation brought about by the RPF Inkotanyi in Rwanda. GCS-Rwanda’s extensive training programs and financial support have led to significant progress in fostering self-reliance and sustainable development among the residents of Nyarubaka Sector. This article explores GCS-Rwanda’s efforts and achievements in liberating minds and empowering communities in Kamonyi District.
Driving Mindset Transformation and Self-Reliance:
Upon their arrival in Nyarubaka Sector, GCS-Rwanda was faced with citizens seeking assistance. However, the organization’s approach focused on nurturing self-reliance and encouraging a transformative shift in mindset among the residents. Aimable Twagirayezu, GCS Country Representative, emphasized the importance of this mindset transformation, which has been instrumental in the community’s journey towards progress and development.
Addressing Challenges and Meeting Local Needs:
GCS-Rwanda identified numerous challenges faced by the residents of Nyarubaka Sector upon commencing their work in Kamonyi. These challenges included low agricultural and livestock productivity, limited awareness, overcrowded schools, and a lack of training for educators. Recognizing the significance of addressing these issues, GCS-Rwanda has actively worked towards driving sustainable development in the region.
Collaborative Efforts and Noteworthy Achievements:
GCS-Rwanda has closely collaborated with the government and local community, sharing knowledge, resources, and expertise to bring about positive change. Notable achievements include the establishment of effective savings and loan groups, resolution of community challenges through substantial fund allocations to Sacco, the creation of a mini-scale cassava processing utility, and the provision of various training programs to reshape attitudes and mindsets in agriculture and animal husbandry. Furthermore, GCS-Rwanda has facilitated access to quality inputs and elite seeds, leading to enhanced productivity in the agricultural sector.
Towards Sustainable Development:
GCS-Rwanda firmly believes that their cooperation with the residents of Nyarubaka Sector will lead to sustainable development. Through their self-reliance project, based on civil empowerment, GCS-Rwanda aims to equip vulnerable individuals with the necessary skills and resources for their development. The community is making positive strides towards agricultural self-sufficiency and personal growth, enabling them to overcome challenges such as medical expenses and children’s education. However, the journey towards sustainable development requires continued collective effort and collaboration among stakeholders.
Overcoming Challenges and Future Prospects:
While progress has been made, challenges persist, particularly in the face of climate change and natural disasters that affect agriculture and livestock. Adapting to these challenges and building resilience remains an ongoing endeavor. Recognizing the transformative potential of GCS-Rwanda’s support, the district staff in charge of JADF, Tharcisse SEMUGAZA emphasized the value of the potato processing plant provided by GCS-Rwanda. Continued support and assistance in cooperative management from GCS-Rwanda will enhance the project’s impact and promote sustainable growth. Diligent potato cultivation and management by factory beneficiaries will ensure a sustained supply of raw materials, bolstering productivity and improving livelihoods.
Testimonies of Transformed Lives:
Through Civil Leadership Training (CLT), residents of Kamonyi District have shared their life-transforming experiences with GCS-Rwanda’s programs. Testimonials from beneficiaries like Francine Nambajimana and Chantal Bizimutima exemplify the impact of joining savings and loan groups, resulting in improved nutrition, income generation, and poverty eradication within the community.
Recognition and Future Collaboration:
GCS-Rwanda has garnered recognition from various stakeholders, including the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). Their acknowledgment highlights the organization’s alignment with government policies and national strategies, contributing to Rwanda’s vision of sustainable development.
Hyunju Cho, Executive Director of Global Civic Sharing in Korea, expressed optimism about Rwanda’s future and emphasized the importance of collaboration in achieving green, resilient, and inclusive development.
GCS-Rwanda has played a pivotal role in liberating the minds of citizens in Nyarubaka Sector, Kamonyi District, fostering a shift towards self-reliance and sustainable development. Through their comprehensive training programs, financial support, and collaborative efforts with stakeholders, GCS-Rwanda has empowered the community to overcome challenges and positively transform their lives. The journey towards liberation, self-reliance, and development continues, requiring ongoing collaboration among stakeholders to shape a prosperous future for Rwanda.
Founded in 1998 and based in South Korea, Global Civic Sharing (GCS) has established itself as a significant force in fostering sustainable development and empowering communities worldwide, with GCS-Rwanda making a remarkable impact in Kamonyi District.