The Kwita Izina ceremonies will include awareness rising.
The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) just officially opened their awareness campaign to help improve on the level of local communities’ participation in the Gorilla naming ceremony (‘Kwita Izina’) which was help on June 16, 2012 in Musanze district in the northern province of Rwanda.
the Head of Tourism and Conservation at RDB Rica Rwigamba, mentioned that they came up with the campaign with an intention of getting more support and through the campaign, they can easily inform people more about this annual event so that more can become attract to it and therefore take part in it. There are lots of activities done during the event among which include the children’s games like a race for fun in Musanze district and bicycle races from Kigali to Rubavu district on the border of Musanze in the western province.
Rwigamba said that it is very important to get the youth and children involved as it will help create and generation of youths that values aspects of tourism and Rwanda environmental conservation. According to Alexis Muhayimana who is one of the youths that took part in the race, this exercise of naming of young born gorillas is a very distinctive and significant occasion that deserves a lot of attention from all people from Rwanda. He added that it should become their responsibility to market it all over the world because it is source of income to the tourism industry.
In the past few years, Rwanda used to spend about Rwf1.4 billion on community based projects for example the provision of clean water, sanitation, schools and other social services and over 220 projects are funded. Basing on the According to the statement, there is an increase in the amount of expense from an initial Rwf 41 million in 2005 to Rwf 256 million this year and the arrivals to Rwanda increased to 908,000 visitors in 2011 brining in a gross revenue of $252 million.
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