COMMUNITY & CONSERVATION


Connecting Conservation and Community Health Around Volcanoes National Parks
One of our major missions is to connect conservation and community health around the Volcanoes National Park. We do this through encouraging and supporting families to grow nutritious foods in their backyards and gardens behind their homes, sensitizing the local community about the benefits of taking nutritious foods, providing vegetable seeds for them they can grow in their respective gardens and providing them small animals like sheep, goat and local chicken.

This program also emphasize on the importance of vaccination against virulent diseases like Newcastle disease that affect poultry and bird species.

Promoting Good Hygiene and Sanitation

Maintaining personal hygiene is significant for countless reasons; personal, health, social, psychological or just simply as a way of life. Also maintaining a good standard of hygiene helps to prevent the development and spread of infections, diseases and bad odors. Our program seeks to promote hand washing for all, particularly breastfeeding mothers and school children as a precaution to prevent diarrhea and respiratory diseases.

We also engage the local community in promoting personal hygiene like cleaning their homesteads and eradicating water holding sites which may act as mosquito breeding sites and help them in prevention of malaria. We also put great emphasis on sleeping in mosquito nets and having toilets at all homes.

SUSTAINABLE LEARNING VACATION

We engage a team of volunteers to teach the local youth and women English language through which they can effectively communicate with visitors. The women and youth are involved in selling products like handcrafts and it’s through effective communication that they can engage with the tourists who visit local attraction sites. The locals are able to uplift their living standards and help in conservation around our parks.

The locals are helped to learn foreign international languages, housekeeping, capacity building, international architecture, modern farming techniques and about the environment and its conservation and other skills that may uplift their living standards. .

GREEN TOURISM PROGRAM

We aim to develop sustainable use of our natural resources while at the same time alleviating poverty. The program aims to enjoin the local community in conserving Mother Nature while gaining from what nature provides through responsible tourism.

SELF-HELP SCHEMES

Red Rocks Initiatives for Sustainable Development promotes the locals to take part in activities that uplift their living standards, while at the same time they help in environmental conservation. These self-help schemes include rearing of small animals like chicken,sheep, and goats. We invite a team of agricultural experts to help them profit from such schemes.

SPORTS FOR CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Sports like cycling, football and running the marathon are not only profitable for the sportsman but also is a way to keep healthy.

Our program seek to develop cycling and running around our national parks while at the same time we teach the athletes about the importance of conservation through organizing workshops and sports meetings. We also promote the physical and mental development of the athletes.

QUICK IMPACT PROJECT

Red Rocks Initiatives for Sustainable Development promotes the locals to take part in activities that uplift their living standards, while at the same time they help in environmental conservation Red rocks quick impact project include rearing of small animals like chicken, sheep, and goats. We invite a team of agricultural experts to help them profit from such schemes.

Quick Impact Project is interactive and conversational with the main mission of innovating programs having positive impact on the environment. It’s in its infancy stage under the Igihoho Support Cooperative (ISC) as one strategy of cohesive action in stimulating green tourism within the local community.