Photographs for Ravishing Rwanda
World Pix gives to many Rwanda causes. Every time we visit Rwanda, we are inspired by the beautiful people and this beautiful country again and again.
Here is an overview of this amazing country and the Rwanda causes we support.
Our Efforts in Rwanda
A small landlocked country surrounded exotically by The Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi, it rises majestically on volcanic mountains rimmed in clouds. On these mighty peaks, at Volcanoes National Park you can obtain a permit to hike on foot into the presence of the gentle and mighty Silverback. This is Rwanda. The temperatures are between 54 and 81 °F, daily, year round. In addition to communing with some of the less than 900 –critically endangered–mountain gorillas left on the planet, you might choose to visit one of the many lakes or rivers scattered across the verdant green landscape.
Rwanda - Social Problems
Rwanda has an estimated population of 12.2 million people (as of 2017) with the population growth rate hovering around 2.3%. Just about 19% of the total population lives in urban areas. Kigali the capital of Rwanda contains about 1 million people.
In 1994, Civil War damaged Rwanda’s social fabric and economy.
While Rwanda has made an admirable social and economic rebound since 1994, it’s population is mostly rural and it’s economy is based on subsistence farming.
Water shortages, diseased livestock, and poor quality livestock feed all affect Rwanda’s ability to provide food for it’s citizens. Other than picturesque landscape and amazing and rare animal life, Rwanda has few natural resources.
Although there are “three” major ethnic groups living in Rwanda today, Rwandans are drawn from just one cultural and linguistic group, the “Banyarwanda”. Within this group there are three subgroups: the Hutu, Tutsi and Twa. The Twa are mostly forest-dwelling “pygmy” people who descended from Rwanda’s earliest inhabitants. Scholars disagree on the origins of and differences between the Hutu and Tutsi. Some believe differences arrived as a result of former social caste structures within a single people.
WorldPix Sponsored Organizations
World Pix has partnered with the following organizations in Rwanda to make a difference in the lives of the people here.
Centre Marembo is a refuge in Kigali city for girls on the street and abuse victims found by the community or local authorities. The agents of the centre visit places in the city where street children are often found like markets, bus stations and town alleys. They organize listening and sensitization sessions, the centre will then proceed with the reintegration of children that are willing to leave the life on the streets behind. Centre Marembo regroups the children in two houses, based on the rehabilitation period that is expected.
Gihembe is a camp of Congolese refugees located in Gicumbi District, home to 12,904 residents. American Refugee Committee manages Shelter/Construction, WASH, Health, Nutrition, and Livelihoods/Economic Recovery sectors in Gihembe.