Summer Project 2013
The project was centred around four BVDA volunteers going to Rwanda for six weeks to work on a Monitoring and Evaluation orientated project. Their aim was be to work alongside two Rwandan counterparts from RVCP to develop a comprehensive baseline report. Prior to the project, RVCP project heads developed monitoring tables for each of RVCP’s five projects, outlining relevant goals of the projects. The BVDA volunteers collated information on the relevant, recommended indicators which will help to demonstrate whether RVCP are achieving their goals. The volunteers then compiled an extensive baseline report to delineate the current state of affairs in the projects . RVCP are now committed to using this information for evaluating and improving their projects in the future.
Two RVCP counterparts provided the BVDA volunteers with invaluable understanding of the projects and the local area. Additionally, the two RVCP members allowed for the BVDA volunteers to split up and cover more ground, in a very time demanding project. Working alongside Rwandan counterparts created a excellent atmosphere for cultural exchange and also allowed for skill-sharing between the volunteers.
This project satisfied all of BVDA’s charitable goals;
- To work in partnership with Non-Governmental Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and local volunteers in developing countries.
- To aid the self-development of a community by providing financial assistance, physical labour, education and training where appropriate.
- To provide opportunities for University of Bristol students to acquire, develop and share skills alongside local participants in developing countries, and to work in an atmosphere of cultural exchange
A look at over 10 years of partnership ->
Since 2000, the partnership between BVDA and RVCP has led to newly constructed latrines in their target villages, outreach teaching sessions in which thousands of young people have been educated. Additionally, it has supplied 1 net to every 6 people within the communities, with the aim of increasing this supply in the future. The students have also hosted numerous annual events to support international causes such as International Womens Day, Worlds Aid Day and the Candlelight memorial march.
2000-2011: Summer projects
BVDA volunteers helping to cultivate the land for an income generation project supported by the HIV/AIDS group
Lesson planning in the land of a thousand hills.
Volunteers teaching about the importance of using a mosquito net.