COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTS


Through sustainable development, Red Rocks Initiatives has established several activities that empower the local communities. We believe that responsible and sustainable tourism has the power to improve the standards of living for these vulnerable local communities.

Conservation and community-based ecotourism are the key drivers of our volunteer abroad program area’s prosperity. With this in mind, Red Rocks Initiatives for Sustainable Development implements a resourceful community program that underscores its purpose to support the local communities in line with its vision and mission.


Peacebuilding among Communities through Tourism

Sustainable tourism plays an imperative role in relation to peacebuilding. Our initiative views environmental tourism as a tool for peace and dialogue among civilizations. Tourism offers the ideal opportunity for people to make discoveries about other different cultures and to develop an admiration of cultural diversity. It enables people to interact and learn from each other, establishing coherence and peaceful coexistence.

The most important lesson that our sustainable tourism approach can teach the world is the existence of diverse cultural differences and similarities. Tourism promotes tolerance, cultural understanding, and mutual respect.

MONTHLY COMMUNITY EVENTS

Monthly community events bring communities, environmental conservation, and sustainable tourism stakeholders together to:

  • Exchange ideas about sustainable development
  • Share and learn from one another
  • Discuss how to reduce negative impacts on the resources that define the region’s environment and cultural heritage
  • Dine and party for peace


Red Rocks Community Get-Together

Red Rocks Cultural Center has embarked on a long-term approach to bring the community living around the Volcanoes National Parks together. The community events sponsored by Red Rocks feature among others: food events, banana beer production events, cultural festivals with music and dancing, community art events, and the sharing of traditional folklore by the fireside.

The key aim of the Red Rocks Community Events is to bring different communities together as we share our vision on how we conserve nature around the Volcanoes National Parks. These monthly events target conservation groups and various conservation stakeholders. The events also provide attendees the opportunity to share their insights about environmental conservation, exchange ideas, and network while at the same time learning how to efficiently share resources amidst diversity.

Our Community Events strive to find fun and collaborative activities that help travelers and visitors spend their ample time together in a blending of cultures, as opposed to just another opportunity to get more value for their money. The gatherings are meant to help us create sustainable socio-economic impacts within the local community while mitigating the negative impacts of tourism activities on the various tourist destinations.


Red Rocks Community Development Linkages

Red Rocks Initiatives for Community Development has formulated a raft of strategies to promote environmental conservation and community development around the Volcano National Parks. We have managed to encourage and facilitate community members, particularly the youth and vulnerable women to use their skills to produce art and handicraft products which they sell to tourists visiting the parks as souvenirs.

Some of the local youth have now become skilled and experienced tour guides, waiters, and waitresses, all working for various business organizations. The women in the region now profit from their skills in the making of traditional crafts like basket weaving, which has immensely uplifted their standards of living. The outcome of our programs is to enable the youth and women to have a sustainable income.



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, informing the local community about the benefits of taking nutritious foods, and providing them with vegetable seeds and seedlings.


Promoting Good Hygiene and Sanitation

Maintaining personal hygiene is significant for countless reasons: personal, health, social, psychological, or even simply as a way of life. Our program seeks to promote hand washing for all, particularly breastfeeding mothers and school going children as a precautionary measure to prevent diarrhea and other respiratory infections.

We also engage with the local community in promoting other personal hygiene practices like cleaning their homesteads and eradicating water holding places, which act as mosquito breeding sites, to help in the prevention of malaria. We also encourage communities to sleep in mosquito treated nets and promote mandatory house of convenience (pit latrines/toilets) in all homesteads.



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 innovative environmental initiatives to reap from what nature provides.

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