In this blog, Jean Felix Ntango, DOT Rwanda Intern Support Assistant, recounts the participation of DOT in the Nyagatare Open Day where development stakeholders took up stands to exhibit their activities. Nyagatare is an urban district in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. Through partnership with the Nyagatare Business Development Centre, DOT has been providing training, in essential technology and business skills under its ReachUp! program, to young women and men.
This world seemed selective, with the unending race for success, favoring the strong but ignoring the weak, economically, educationally and socially. Looking at this, DOT came in to bridge the gap with a special focus on ICT and Business and an emphasis on youth and women. Since more than two years ago, DOT activities are echoing in valleys of a thousand hills, changing lives of Rwandans in thousand, young women and men.
From the capital city, Kigali, to the many other districts in the four provinces of the country, DOT has been transforming lives of energetic fresh university graduates and empowering them to give back to their communities, since April 2010.
Today I wish to take you to Nyagatare, a district in the Eastern Province, where DOT has been operating for the past seven months. From May 23rd to 24th, DOT participated in the Nyagatare development stakeholders Open Day where every development partner operating in the district was given the opportunity to hold a stand and exhibit to visitors of their stand what they do and on the other hand, the latter get to know what is done and how it is done.
In this photo: Surrounded by a crowd of eager to know youth, Jean Felix provides more details on DOT's ReachUp! Program.
Seven months down the road, Tumukunde Chantal Josephine and Clement Ndahimana, two DOT Interns deployed in Nyagatare district have been delivering DOT's economical program, the ReachUp!, to vulnerable youth and women in the very district. Many of the people in Nyagatare are unemployed and lack the skills to create businesses out of the opportunities that are rising as the township grows. Despite few months empowering vulnerable youth and women in that district, results are tremendous: cooperatives formed and jobs created by ReachUp! graduates, valorization of opportunities in neighborhoods of DOT participants, entrepreneurial spirit and self esteem encouraged among Nyagatare district population.
DOT, as one of the prominent development actors operating in Nyagatare district, seized this occasion to showcase to visitors of our stand, the mission driving our programs and the achievements thus far.
In this photo: Chantal stands in the DOT Rwanda stand which attracts numerous visitors through out the event.
As Interns, Chantal and Clement, spoke to the visitors of the DOT stand, they registered those who didn't want to miss out this dreamt chance thus the list became nearly endless. What an achievement!
At the conclusion of the event DOT was awarded a certificate in recognition for its participation in the event and its invaluable contribution to the fight against poverty in Rwanda.