On Saturday June 28, 2014 we celebrate the third anniversary of rinderpest eradication. On June 28, 2011 the international community officially declared the world free from rinderpest. At that moment, there had been no reported outbreaks of this viral animal disease for several years.
Move with Africa is an action meant for the young. Interculturality, world citizenship, north-south relations; these are the themes that the action initiated by Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique takes on, in partnership with ten development cooperation actors, the Belgian ministry of Development Cooperation, and the ministry of Education of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Within the scope of this project, Pauline describes her stay in Rwanda with Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium.
After having slept a little longer than usual, with great cheer among the majority of us, we lunch quietly in Kigali before a debriefing. The general opinion is that all seems almost perfect. Martin, who works for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, learned some French expressions that he is fond of using…
After buckling our bags (yes, it is already the last day in Butare), we take the road for Nyanza where the group separates once again. We follow a veterinarian who goes by the name of Félicien whilst the others will provide assistance on a deworming campaign. Félicien, his large white coat, and material, embark on his motorbike. We leave to assist and even take part in the various care given: internal deworming, gestation diagnoses, and dehorning. Not bad, eh?
The traditional morning omelets were served quickly; have the Rwandans become accustomed to our pace? In any case, we begin to adapt to their way of doing things. The groups of the previous day were reformed and traded work places. It is thus towards Nyanza that we embarked on our delicious picnic in order to help the beneficiaries of Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium to construct an improved oven.
Move for Africa is an awareness campaign on development cooperation, organized by the Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique. Students from the Collège de Bellevue in Dinant travelled to Rwanda to discover the projects of Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium. They exchanged experiences with the local population to get a better view of development issues such as poverty and food security. On their trip, they wrote a blog.
Through funding by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium is developing a tool to monitor zootechnical performances in Sub-Saharan countries. The software tool is called ZAK (“Zootechnical Analysis Kit”). Each month, the developers will keep you up to date on the project.