RED ROCKS VOLUNTEERISM PROJECTS
17-06-2019
Our volunteerism projects allow enjoying the sights and sounds of Rwanda while at the same time making a difference to the host community. This is an excellent way to get the most out of your holiday in Rwanda, and spend some time with us making a difference to the hosts and the environment. There are so many remarkable, charitable projects that Red Rocks initiatives are involved in, both conservation and community led which our clients can visit and be a part of – from clinics, to schools, to hospitals, to self-improvement, to conservation projects. When you travel and give your skills and your time it makes us feel better, not only about ourselves, but also about the potential difference that you are making in the world. It makes us feel part of something bigger than just us … alive. Become a part of ongoing efforts to support sustainable development while exploring Rwanda and its culture. BRIEF INTRODUCTION ABOUT WHAT WE DO Red rocks initiatives believes that benefits of the local people need to, come from what they own or what has been initiated benefit in order to value them. We provides a multitude of benefits to surrounding communities including establishing mechanisms where local people can engage with the tourist and ensure their interests are considered in management decisions. Local environmental education programmes are established to promote understanding among the local population of the need to conserve natural resources and use them sustain-ably. Where possible, we also engage with development organizations to provide social welfare services around our initiatives area particularly in the fields of education and health.
Red Rocks Early Childhood Education
31-05-2019
Red Rocks taking care of baby steps through provision of early childhood education The early years of life are critical for a child’s growth and development. Kids who are well nurtured, instructed and cared for during their earliest years in a family and social environment are more likely to grow physically and mentally healthy, develop language, thinking, social and emotional skills and achieve their full potential when they become adults. The above statement is the premise behind establishment of Red Rocks Initiatives Kindergarten in 2018 at Nyakinama Village, Musanze district, where 150 group of children between the age of three and five years are now enrolled to receive early childhood education. Most of the children come from vulnerable families in this tourism rich district. The children are provided holistic education; we initiated this program to provide the best care for these young kids from poor rural families who otherwise would not have had access to early intervention in education at this young age due to their family backgrounds. It’s our efforts to integrate tourism, conservation and community development around the Volcanoes National Parks, since many of the parents actively involved in income generating activities like making of traditional handcrafts that they sell to tourists to uplift their living standards. We realized that apart from helping their parents to market their skills and products, and initiating programs to help them support their families, the children also needed an early good start in life and this is how the idea of the kindergarten was born. Children are taught for free and their breakfast and lunch are also catered for.With the support of donors and well-wishers, we are able to purchase scholastic materials that they need so that they can have the best education possible at an early age. The children are mostly taught by volunteers. We teach the children positive values and Rwandan culture so that they can be agents to push fo
CULTURAL TOURISM WEEK 2019
23-05-2019
The annual Cultural Tourism Week at Red Rocks in Musanze is back and in its seventh year running, the Cultural Tourism week is a forum through which Rwandans reflect on the gains made in conservation efforts and also showcase and partake in the country’s rich cultural heritage. The event typically attracts conservationists, government and local leaders, community members, tourism industry players and policy makers, as well civil society organizations, creating abundant networking opportunities. The activities kick off on 31st August and close with the Cultural tourism week after party on the evening 06th september 2019 , there will be a local display of events and products that reflect the country’s art of conservation for cultural heritage and this will run alongside discussion dialogue and conversations on wild life and nature protection.
Backpackers Haven
25-03-2019
Red Rocks in Musanze, Rwanda. There are very few places that will make you feel right at home, inspire you to visit more and to do more for planet and for people. This is especially if you are sustainable travel junkie like I am or what I like to call a “greenpacker”. Red Rocks in Musanze is one of such places. It’s a place that made me view Rwanda differently, as more than a gorilla tracking destination. It’s also a place where the loyalty of my taste buds was tested. Red Rocks Inter Cultural Exchange Center, is a unique budget accommodation facility and camping site in Musanze, Rwanda that also offers exciting responsible travel experiences that contribute to local community development and conservation, through their Red Rocks Initiative. In other words, its a “greenpackers” haven that does more than offer budget accommodation, but involves you in the life of the people, to appreciate their culture and contribute to their development in one of the most responsible and immersive travel experiences. It’s also a place to participate in conservation activities, learn art, appreciate camping, hike and meet new people while sharing stories at a bonfire.
Red Rocks Initiatives
25-03-2019
Red rocks initiatives visit. Why visiting Red rocks initiative, the more you get to learn from the community initiatives, that connects community, conservation and tourism the better you will admire our nature and cultural, visiting Red rocks initiative, will always be a memorable experience, and leaves you with an education that comes straight away from the community .Our initiatives target the local community towards sustainable economic development. We believe responsible tourism has the power to uplift the living standards of the vulnerable local Community. Get to know how our initiatives recognize that we all have a part to play when we influence on tourism as a means of sustainable community development aspect by creating a physical place that will unite communities of artist, musicians, and locals in one place in which they can all get involved in building a stronger society by bringing in their different competencies. visit the link www.redrocksinitiative.org
Red Rocks Success Stories
17-09-2018
Red Rocks Rwanda is a social enterprise that was established in 2013 in Nyakinama village, Musanze district. Our main mission is to harness tourism, conservation, intercultural exchange and community development through working together with local communities living around the Volcanoes National Park, which is among the homes to the last surviving mountain gorillas and other precious but endangered animal and plant species. We have a compelling desire to empower socially and economically the people living around the park so that they can see the benefits of conserving the environment and natural resources for the benefit of everyone and posterity. It is with this in mind that we created a physical space where talented artists, craftsmen and women, musicians, entrepreneurs, farmers and those supporting them, like cultural and social institutions, government agencies, corporate organizations, NGOs, private funders, volunteers, educational institutions and researchers among others can have a place they can get deeply involved to build a stronger society through bringing in their own local community development agenda, and to use tourism as a vital tool for community development. We envisage Red Rocks Rwanda to be a place where local talents can be tapped and promoted, and the youth can have enough training to secure their future through using their respective talents. We also envision that tourists, entrepreneurs, financers and corporate organization can come together so that we may ultimately succeed in creating positive impact in our community through supporting various community programs developments we have initiated. Visiting Red Rocks Initiatives is more than adventure. This is an experience and education of Rwanda’s rich cultural heritage, signifying how the local community can develop, and how the people can become even more responsible in protecting our natural environment and heritage.
Red Rocks supporting conservation and community development
07-09-2018
Red Rocks Rwanda is a social enterprise that was established in 2013 in Nyakinama village, Musanze district. Our main mission is to harness tourism, conservation, intercultural exchange and community development through working together with local communities living around the Volcanoes National Park, which is among the homes to the last surviving mountain gorillas and other precious but endangered animal and plant species. We have a compelling desire to empower socially and economically the people living around the park so that they can see the benefits of conserving the environment and natural resources for the benefit of everyone and posterity. It is with this in mind that we created a physical space where talented artists, craftsmen and women, musicians, entrepreneurs, farmers and those supporting them, like cultural and social institutions, government agencies, corporate organizations, NGOs, private funders, volunteers, educational institutions and researchers among others can have a place they can get deeply involved to build a stronger society through bringing in their own local community development agenda, and to use tourism as a vital tool for community development. We envisage Red Rocks Rwanda to be a place where local talents can be tapped and promoted, and the youth can have enough training to secure their future through using their respective talents. We also envision that tourists, entrepreneurs, financers and corporate organization can come together so that we may ultimately succeed in creating positive impact in our community through supporting various community programs developments we have initiated. Visiting Red Rocks Initiatives is more than adventure. This is an experience and education of Rwanda’s rich cultural heritage, signifying how the local community can develop, and how the people can become even more responsible in protecting our natural environment and heritage.
How botanical gardens help to conserve the environment around Volcanoes National Parks
21-08-2018
To conserve and educate people on the value of plants, Red Rocks Cultural Centre started a botanical garden around the Volcanoes National Parks in 2016. The main aim of the gardens was to make environmental sustainability a priority and to protect endangered species of plants. So far, Red Rocks botanical gardens have played a great role not only as resource for the study and cultivation of plants with healing properties but also as key component for environmental conservation. The botanical gardens are also starting to play a role in the mitigation of the effects of climate change, and could be vital to the survival of the planet as they are perfectly placed to help ecosystems to adapt to new climates in the Volcanoes National Park and the Virunga massif. We have hosted many researchers and students from various universities and other institutions in Rwanda who are doing botanical studies. They come and we teach them about the scientific names of various plants together with their medicinal value. Red Rocks botanical garden project has become a useful resource for various national and international researchers. Apart from helping in environmental conservation-which was the key objective of establishing the gardens, they have also become a significant component of tourist attraction, saying ‘many tourists visit the gardens to see some species of plants for the first time that can only be found around these areas.
Red Rocks Cultural Tourism Week 2018
20-08-2018
31st August – 04th September Join our exhibition on this date to have a hands-on experience of how Red Rocks is keeping our cultural heritage alive. There will be a show of how local community benefits from tourism activities together with the ways we can preserve our pristine culture for the benefit of future generation. Visitors will participate in different cultural expressions like basket weaving (The AGASEKE), Pottery and the process of making the banana beer (URWAGWA) among others. Conservation & Community Success Stories 05th September The local community will be happy to share their success stories concerning harnessing tourism as a means of socio-economic and sustainable development. Apart from celebrating viable conservation efforts that the local community has undertaken, you will also have the chance to meet different tourism and conservation players from a broad spectrum in the industry who will provide you with salient details about the history of ecotourism around the Virunga massif. Football & Arts for Conservation, plus Crazy Gorilla Night 06th September Our key mission is to promote art for conservation. Consequently, we have scheduled an event on this date where you’re going to be introduced to conservation-themed art exhibits, live painting demos, and you too are going to actively take part in the demos by doing your own painting and taking it with you home as a souvenir. This is an event you cannot afford to miss. Furthermore, our host of activities will include also a football tournament organized with conservation education in mind. Kwita Izina 07th September The Kwita Izina annual event has become a must-attend ceremony. Now in its 14th year, this year’s event promises to sparkle just like it has done before. It has also played a significant role in conservation of the rare mountain gorillas. This year, 23 baby gorillas are to be named. But we have organised a party for you at Red Rocks Rwanda where you will join our local people
Igihoho Support Cooperative helping kick out plastic seed-bags.
17-08-2018
Red Rocks support the local women associations who came together under Igihoho Support Cooperative to seek ways on how to promote environmental conservation but also sustain community development.
Art and tourism painting a new future for women
02-07-2018
I am Swarna Chitrakar, and this is my story…. I belong to the village of Naya that is around 160 kms away from the city of Kolkata, in India. Our village has found a place on the cultural map of India because of its thriving tradition of Pata-chitra, or traditional scroll painting. I went through the hardships of daily life like any other woman of my community. But I wanted to break free from social shackles and taboos, especially those that prevented painting and singing by women. I settled down at Naya with my husband and daughters and started painting Pata-chitra, encouraged by my father Amar Chitrakar and my uncle Dukhushyam Chitrakar. Traditionally this art form was practiced by the menfolk. Men primarily painted and sang while the women helped in making colors from minerals, fruits, flowers, seeds and leaves. Women were not supposed to paint the pata themselves. All this has changed now. Naya was once a poor village, but today it is an active settlement of around 60 families of Patua – the community of scroll painters, many of whom are women. The community is called Patua and all of them have their last name as Chitrakar, meaning painter. I belong to this community of painters. Naya is now a flourishing hub of Patachitra painting and a year round cultural and tourist destination. At one point of time, this art form was dying as electronic media made inroads into the village community. It was tough to sell the paintings and our survival was difficult. A social enterprise www.banglanatak.com started working in our village to revive the tradition with support of the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre in 2005. There were only around 20 painters and hardly anyone knew the songs. Veteran painters like Dukhushyam, Shyamsundar, Rani Chitrakar trained the young people on painting. Dukhushyam taught singing. Audiovisual CDs were published on our painting tradition. The lost art of the use of natural colour was revived. In 2010, www.banglanatak.com organized POT Maya a three day fair in our village. They also set up a resource centre. The resource centre provided us much needed space to practice and showcase our art tradition. The fair and the resource centre created a new tourism culture. Tourists and visitors began to pour in with great interest and I could now have a direct communication and interaction with the collectors. POT Maya held in the second weekend of November celebrated its fourth edition in 2014. Our art has found appreciation among the local people as well as across the country and the globe. More and more artists and mainly women are now involved in Patachitra and there are more than 300 painters in our village. It has opened up a new world of freedom for womenfolk particularly. The women who had restricted mobility, are enjoying a new freedom and are travelling across the country. Patuas have now travelled to countries like France, Germany, the UK, Italy, China, The US, Australia and Japan. Today Patachitra has become a vibrant folk media telling stories not only from epics and mythology but also on new contemporary subjects. We paint on themes like climate change, violence against women, human trafficking or events like 9/11 and tsunami. Collectors and buyers travel all the way to our village to see and buy our paintings. My village Naya has now become a most important tourist destination. The Department of Micro, Small, Medium Enterprise and Textiles is now supporting development of comprehensive infrastructure as our village has emerged as a successful Rural Craft Hub. Today, I feel so happy to see children in the village taking up brush and color on weekend mornings anticipating visitors. I feel proud and happy that I am a part of this renewed culture.