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RED ROCKS INITIATIVE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
ARTS & CRAFT FOR CONSERVATION
Red Rocks initiatives were established from the idea that conservation has the power to lift disadvantaged people out of poverty and instill in them a sense of purpose and pride.
- Partnership between Red Rocks and local artists
- Art work as the protection of environment for future survival
- Developing conservation through art classes
CONSERVATION AND TOURISM
Bring tourism, conservation and community program together for sustainable development
- Red Rocks Ecotoursim Initiatives
- Debates about the situation and the future of the Virunga massif conservation.
- Participants at the debates are policy makers, conservationists, philanthropists, civil society and local communities.
VETERINARIAN PROJECT SERVICES
ANIMAL WELFARE: GENERAL ASPECT AROUND THE VIRUNGA MASSIF
Animal welfare is defined as protection of animals, well being of animals, good care of animals and it is when the animal is in harmony with its environment. As the consequences of the global economic crisis continue, animal shelters have been faced with overcrowding. Pets have been abandoned when owners who could no longer afford the costs of adequate care, and impoverished people and their companion animals are still refused at veterinary clinics if they’re unable to pay in advance.
Welfare is important in animal life as animals are sentient beings and they should always feel comfortable with the place where they are. Animals have to be protected from injury, pain, diseases, stress and unnecessary suffering. Red Rocks initiatives intend to bring critical assistance to those who could not properly care for their companion animals by supporting them. By supplying pet food to individuals who can show documentation of low income or extreme financial distress.
Our Initiative will focus on groundbreaking partnership with individuals and organization to provide low-cost veterinary care to the pets of individuals receiving public assistance in Musanze, Goma, and Kisoro, within the virunga massif. This initiative will set an example for local and international stakeholders and politicians, demonstrating the necessity of long-term solutions for those whose personal and financial struggles have left them with few options to properly care for their beloved pets.
We plan to build a low-cost veterinary clinic in Musanze, Goma and Kisoro to help more than 3,000 pets, including Dogs and cats. Our vets will see clients every two weeks during normal food distribution hours. They will offer vaccinations, micro-chipping and basic care on site. Emergency cases are seen, and less routine care—like surgical procedures–are scheduled.
The animals should be handled well by competent and/or trained handlers by respecting animal welfare principles without harming them, by providing water and food, treating sick animals and providing resting periods on long journeys, animals are delighted to have shelter.
In Rwanda the Animal welfare law is not yet established though the animals are suffering from different injuries due to the lack of protection and to the lack of knowledge of owners.
Some points in which animals are suffering:
Thirsty: Most of animals in Rwanda are suffering from thirsty not only due to water scarcity but to owners’ mind-set. At this point, awareness campaigns are needed to show to owners how water is important in animal health.
Diseases: Farm animals are suffering from different diseases due to the lack of vaccines and proper treatment. Some infectious diseases such as brucellosis, Tuberculosis, are not well managed and this lead to the low production as well as loss to the farmers.
Inadequate transport: The inadequate transport of farm animals which can be characterized by squeezing many cows on the trucks, transport of pigs on the back of bicycles, transport of live chickens in bundles on the moto, and this can lead to stress, injury (fighting, bruising),trampling, suffocation, heart failure, sunburn, bloat, dehydration, exhaustion and disease transmission. All those mistreatments can lead to animal cruelty, even death. If transport is unavoidable all persons involved have the responsibility to reduce stress and discomfort to a minimum. Basically, management before transport, during transportation and planning a journey should be done by providing acceptable space allowance, duties of transporters and fitness to travel. Transport vehicles, and transport practices also should be checked.
Pets mistreatment: Besides the farm animals, in Rwanda pets (Dog and cats) are mistreated a high level. Some people keep dogs for security purposes. Those dogs lack all necessities for living. They are not able to get vaccines on time, they getting injuries every day without treatment, they are not allowed to get water even a shelter. Even if those dogs are mistreated still they stay around the owners houses during the day and become feral dogs during night. Those owners are not aware of what might happen when those mistreated dogs get some diseases like rabies, worms.
The results will be the public health will be in danger. Something has to be done for those dogs such as get vaccine, dewormers, shelter and access to water and enough food. According to what is mentioned above, animal welfare is need in Rwanda and within the virunga massif for both farm and wild life animals.
Red Rocks Initiative and CPNCK partnership to provide support to local farmers in Estern DRC
Red Rocks Initiatives for Sustainable Development is partnering with Kivu Cooperative Society of coffee Planters and Innovators (CPNCK) to provide sustainable income to families in Eastern Congo as part of its program to integrate tourism, conservation and community development.
Under the program called Gorilla Coffee Conservation, two organizations are also going to provide training to local farmers and other technical support in coffee production to promote coffee growing in targeted regions.
The program also is going to promote revival of coffee growing in the eastern DRC and act as a means of alleviating poverty in the region infamously known for incessant conflicts before that has affected several households and rendered them financially vulnerable.
Tourists will also have a chance to visit local farmers, taste, and buy coffee and from that improve living standard of several families.
The land around Lake Kivu grows naturally good coffee and that holds out the promise of a better future for the coffee farmers.
CPNCK is a non-profit organization based in Goma, which is dedicated for protecting the Mountain Gorillas through encouraging the local to grow coffee, and the Gorilla Conservation Coffee is intended to protect the endeared mountain gorillas while giving families an opportunity to improve their living standards.
The project targets communities like Idjwi Islands and the land around Lake Kivu known for naturally good coffee and this project promises a better future for coffee farmers. It also hopes to develop a global brand which will provide sustainable financing to local farmers and most importantly act as avenue to protect the mountain gorilla through offering income opportunity to local families.
IGIHOHO Support Cooperative (ISC)
Forests are quite essential for the well-being of our planet and Mother Nature. They stabilize climate and water level, help in storing solar energy, prevent soil erosion and reverse greenhouse effect. And apart from providing habitat to plants, animals and insects and promoting diversity, forestry also provides work and supports recreational needs of the rural community.
IGIHOHO Support Cooperative promotes sustainable forest management, which balances social, environmental and economic concerns to meet today’s requirements, while guaranteeing our forests for future generations.
Deforestation leads to declining forest areas plus degraded ecosystems. Forest area in developing countries like Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC are declining at alarming rate, leading to environmental catastrophes.
IGIHOHO Support Cooperative has formulated different programs to mitigate consequences of forest destruction. We involve the youth in our programs, involving them in income generating activities and innovative solutions, we hope it can lead to their social and economic development.
Furthermore, we not only teach the community the importance of agro-forestry but we also have developed a plan where the community around the Volcanoes National Park can benefit from modern agricultural techniques. We are going to develop an significantly action on future of Big-Five which are now in threated situation and natural phenomenon of extinction.We envisage a training center (school) for accessing scientifically-based knowledge
Red Rocks Livestock Support Programme
The key aim of this program is to improve and uplift the livelihoods of women and youth living on the slopes of Volcanoes National Park. This park is the home to the last surviving mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
For many decades now, livestock has played a significant role in the survival of families in Rwanda. This is a major source of income to the local communities.
Our program thus is geared towards improving the livestock sector and generating income for poor and vulnerable households through:
Supporting small-scale dairy activities in Kinigi including milk and fodder production Improved livestock nutrition and health services in Nyakinama village for the benefit of families headed by women. We work to establish a network of professional microfinance institutions that provide opportunity for access to credit and satisfy the demand for rural finance through providing a wider range of financial services tailored to the needs of locals.
One of our key objectives is to help in shaping policy which facilitates access to microfinance services among the poorest of families, promoting models of public-private partner relationship in delivery of livestock extension and veterinary services reaching out to the whole community.
This program includes focus on introduction of new and innovative rural microfinance services and products for the rural people who currently have no or little access to microfinance services to buy livestock to help uplift their living standards. The animals are also important in manure production for sustainable agriculture.
Our botanical garden, found near Volcano National Parks, is mainly used for plant conservation: Horticulture and cultivation skills allow us to grow plants that might be lost in nature, restore and rehabilitate degraded habitats, maintain a living store of genetic diversity which may help in supporting different activities in conservation and research, act as seed banks to safeguard species, help conserve indigenous and local knowledge and encourage the sustainable use of plant resources for the benefit of all, as part of sustainable development.