Herbalists to benefit from Rwerere Enterprise and Training centre.

James Sebahash has been surviving as a herbalist and craftsman  for past 30years.

As a herbalist, he treats a number of ailments including diarrhea, dislocation, malaria, tonsolites, children who fail to walk, cough and a collapsed forehead especially in children.

“My father used to do the same and I have been doing this job for the  past 30 years. I started learning handicraft from my late father in 1966”, He said.

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RECTC to promote traditional blacksmithing

Birikano David has been a blacksmith for over 20 years. He goes to Kisoro and Kabale towns to buy scrap like car springs, poles and charcoal as raw materials for blacksmithing.

Bikirano uses poles to support his structure and charcoal as fuel. He  recalls that initially,  he used iron ore  from Kabale and Kisoro but this mineral has increasingly become scarce as mining ndustries have been set up in the araes making local access difficult.

Speaking from his home, Bikirano was concerned  about the lack of community interest in blacksmithing.

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Wood Carving to be promoted by the Rwerere Enterprise and Training Centre (RECTC)

Francis Ahorwendeye, SingirumukizaDamaseni, EriaBigirinwano are members of the same family and have survived on wood work to fend for their families.

The skills were inherently  passed on from their parents and they solely used to depend on forest resources as raw materials for their artifacts.

With the gazetting of the national forests these traditional craftsmen have witnessed a scarcity of their raw materials like wood for curving.

The BwindiMgahinga Conservation Trust (BMCT)  introduced them to the idea of planting trees and sourcing raw materials from communities rather than directly depending on forests.

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Communities adjacent to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park get a Tourism Training Centre

Communities adjacent to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park  have got a Tourism and Training Centre code-named, “Rwerere Enterprise and Training Centre (RECTC). The benefitting communities include the three parishes of Rukongi and Gitenderi in Nyarusiza sub-county and Gisozi in Muramba Sub-county in KisoroDistrict.

The purpose of the RECTC is to promote tourism, conservation and sustainable livelihood among communities in the BwindiMugahanga Conservation Area (BMCA).

RECTC is a brainchild of transformational tourism that engaged multi-stakeholders to achieve sustainable development and conservation. Construction of the centre started in 2010 and was completed in 2015.

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Batwa households receive sheep

Households  of the KabareBatwa Settlement Association in Rukongi parish Nyarusiza Subcounty in Kisoro  district  have been given sheep  to improve their livelihood.  The communities were first sensitized and asked to write proposal which were vetted at the parish level.

16 sheep worth shs.1.6 million was given to families by the BwindiMgahingaConservation Trust (BMCT) in conjuction with the Kisoro  Local Government officials on 3rdNovember 2016.

The Nyarusiza Community DevelopmentOfficer Kisoro district TumwebazeAnnete said the committee at parish level vetted  for six projects and finally three  got support after vetting at the sub county level.

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