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„Yes. Let’s do it.“ – Joanis Holzigel

I’m quite glad that even long-winded discussions can result in simple statements like this one. On the other hand, what is at stake is not the stomach’s happiness after a meal of either bruschettes or Pizza, but rather the fate of an entire village.

Cooperating with the UN-habitat to bring electricity to a Tanzanian refugee village this year has been probably one of the most challenging, but also rewarding experiences. When you enter the village just about an hour’s drive from Rwanda’s capital Kigali, you realise that this should not actually be called one. Merely a collection of 50 houses organised in three straight lines of 19, 19 again and then 12 houses, but without bar, kiosk or anything remotely business-like, the villagers still seem to be in the process of finding out what their actual role in the village is.

The most isolated place in the world

After a 4 and half hour, bumpy and cramped bus ride from Kigali, we’re finally there…. Banda!

The site where our colleagues from DHE implemented two pico-hydro sites.Population: 7000 – local partners: KAGENO – zero grid implementation plans till 2050.

We get off the bus, all excited to see a new typical Rwandan village… But wait… WHERE ARE ALL THE HOUSES?? We’re in the middle of a jungle! Exotic trees, huge worms, insane amounts of insects, weird bird noises all over, a bunch of monkeys crossing the road. We’re actually very close to the Nyungwe national reserve. But no sign of any human being…

To my surprise, they tell us the village is actually around one hour and 45min from the road!

The Safari Experience – Lukas Lukoscheck

No we are not talking about the browsing experience developed by a certain US company that can be dreadfully slow in Rwanda. Last weekend we experienced the ancient meaning behind safari. The word itself comes from the East African language Swahili and means, “to travel”. During the period of colonialism the word was adopted by Europeans to describe the act of travelling to watch wild animals. Rwanda is the perfect spot to do so with three national parks offering a wide variety of species in different climatic regions. The Volcano National Park in the North, known for its Gorillas, the jungle-like Nyungwe National Park in the South West, which neighbours Congo and Burundi, and the Akagera National Park savannah bordering Tanzania.

Blog Post 080911 – Roger

Amakuro, greetings from the land of a thousand hills! Our expedition team is enjoying the first week in Rwanda, and I have plenty of exciting news to keep you guys updated. The adventure began even before we arrived in Rwanda, with one team member forgetting to check that his passport was actually already expired (blame the Europeans for not requiring a passport when traveling within Europe, haha). When we landed at Addis Ababa for transit, the oxygen mask compartment a few rows ahead of us decided to fall from the plane ceiling, which made me all the more appreciative of physically getting to Rwanda in one piece.

Electrifying Villages by Anthony Kaiser

Some people may ask why we should bring electricity to isolated villages. How will they use it? Do they even have electrical appliances? Well, we went to see how electricity has impacted the lives of the villagers in of Nyamyunba, close to Gisenyi in northern Rwanda and we found some unexpected results.

Electricity was used in most places we thought about. It greatly helped the local administration which now uses computers and internet saving hours of write machine and days of posted mails. It is also used at the local school allowing night classes as well as in the nearby health centre.

Site assessment no.1

I decided to describe our site assessments in the next couple of posts as we’ve done some already and we’re going to do a couple in the next days. I’m really excited about them as we get to see rural Rwanda in different parts of the country. They are very interesting especially as some of the places are high in the mountains, on the fields or even in the jungle.

Afterwards we went to Ruhengeri, which is a relatively big city in the north of Rwanda and it’s really close to the volcano national park. Hence, we’ve seen some of the volcanoes.

From Rwanda with love!

Hi everyone!

Richard and I arrived in Rwanda 3 weeks ago and now as we’ve got access to the blog we’re intending to blog about our experiences here. Hopefully, you’ll find our posts interesting and we’ll be able to familiarize you with East Africa at least a bit.

Although the trip was long, our excitement about the trip overcame the tiredness so we were ready to walk around Kigali and sort out the most important issues. We met some of DHE members in the Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel and while waiting for the rest of their team to arrive we’d started our search for a house.

Summer 2011

This year we’ve decided to start blogging about e.quinox trips. As we’ve just been granted an access to the blog, we want to update you on all things that happened so far and then we’ll keep you up to date. As you may know already from our about page we’re dealing with rural electrification in Rwanda.

Having 3 energy kiosks in Rwanda already, our plans for this summer include implementing 2 new kiosk – one in UN Habitat refugee camp in Rwanda and one by the school in a Tanzanian village. We’ve also started collaboration with Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering from Dartmouth College (US) on hydro energy kiosks.