Youth in Muhanga District in the southern province of Rwanda launched a campaign called “GIRA ISUKU” aimed at protecting the environment as one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
GIRA Isuku campaign is a project developed by five youth among 20 that were trained by Rwanda Youth in Solution (RYSO) and the Ayana International in August 2018 , the organizations work to empower youth to create sustainable solutions. The campaign was launched in Nyamabuye sector of Muhanga District on 10th January 2019.
While launching this campaign, these young boys and girls have placed three dustbins at three locations in the Nyamabuye sector targeting locations where many people meet such as at the bus Stop.
The dustbins are part of the effort to protect environment as well as promoting hygiene and sanitation in their community.
Dr Ndebwanimana Vincent, the Executive Director of Rwanda Youth Solution said that RYSO has partnered with the AYANA International to support Rwandan youth to contribute to the realization of Sustainable Development Goals.
The campaign launched by these youth as their project is in line with the 13th Goal of SDGs.
The 13th Goal of United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to tackle effects of climate change on the environment.
He explained that RYSO and AYANA International trained 20 young people from different parts of the country and all trained youth were divided in 4 Group each made of 5 members who have chosen among SDGs which they will work on through their own identified project.
“It is in this regard that on 10th January 2019 we joined youth in Muhanga District to launch their GIRA Isuku project whereby they will allocate dustbins in various areas of the District as part of the Environment protection, Hygiene and sanitation promotion among communities.”
Official in the District commended such initiative as a trigger to other youth to contribute their role in the sustainable management of environment.
Bon Pasteur Alain Celse, 15, is one of the five children leading GIRA Isuku Campaign in Muhanga District.
He said that despite their age, children can also make a difference in the country’s development.
He said “We thought about this project because we have understood that we can contribute to the environment protection by improving hygiene in our district at the same time protecting the environment. This can be an urgent solution to hygiene in our area .”
“That’s why we developed this project by starting little and we hope the project to have big impacts in the future.” He added.
The Project is being implemented with the support from Rwanda Youth in Solution and Ayana International.
Ayana International empowers young people in developing countries to improve their communities through human-centered design.
The organization revolutionizes humanitarian work by allowing youth members of developing communities to speak for their own needs and identify the most effective solutions.