Global Initiative for Environment and Reconciliation (GER) is a non-governmental organization based in Rwanda. GER was founded in 2015 with the mission of contributing to the peace and reconciliation process and improving environmental conditions in Rwanda, and the Great lLakes region as well. We support the existing reconciliation process, community recovery and prevention of violence.

We facilitate interactions with communities, local leaders, religious leaders, and young people to address the existing effects of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, and consider environment as a driving factor of peace building, healing the past and improving the livelihoods of our people.

Our focus is to empower the next generation into becomeing the agents of change in their respective communities for their bright future. 

We document success stories for experience sharing with decision makers, stakeholders and academia to support post-conflict communities around the world. I believe that changes are possible when communitycommunities isare empowered and engaged in the process.” withinAmong our beneficiaries, we have recorded positive changes so far; relations have improved, community initiatives have been established and community ownership has been promoted to ensure the sustainability.

We appreciate our partners for their contribution and we will keep updating about our progress. We invite interested individuals, foundations and organizations to support our activities. Please Do not hesitate to contact us via ger.globalr@gmail.com 

Peacebuilding and Reconciliation

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Community-Based Conservation

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We use a community-based, people-centered approach which permits changes at the individual, family, community and societal levels. Trained community facilitators drive positive changes in their respective communities by supporting to improve people’s relations and lives and helping to identify and implement new intervention.
 
Through community knowledge exchange and intergenerational learning dialogues, we help communities find holistic solutions to existing issues by relating our mission and vision to support the environmental reconciliation and improving environmental conditions such the effects of climate change. Working with communities allows us to learn from their experience and to program interventions that will meet the needs identified by them. This even make the results and change envisaged during the programming.
 
We work with   communities in collaboration with policy makers and development partners as an effective approach to stimulate change. We believe that changes are possible when communities are empowered and engaged in the process.

Beyond Conflict Rwanda

We facilitate the inherent capacity within communities to reconcile. Our aim is to support communities to recover from collective trauma and the effects of the 1994 Genocide against the tutsi, and to contribute to the prevention of violent conflict in Rwanda and Great lakes.

Intergenerational Dialogue

We facilitate intergenerational dialogues to empower youth as agents of positive change. We focus on post-genocide generation to help them through healing and develop a sense of building the future without ethnicity, discrimination, racism and violence. 

 

Women's Empowerment

We promote women's sense of self-worth and their ability to determine their own choices and their rights to participate in influencing social changes through fighting cross-cutting issues affecting society; GBV, climate change, health issues vulnerability and poverty. 

Agro-Climate change

We use agroecology as a contribution to farming system resilence against climate change impact to the conservation of biodiversity, improving food system, reviving indigenous knowledge and connecting people with nature. 
Community facilitators' group discussions 

After training, community facilitators meet in small groups and discuss existing challenges they face and plan for the next actions to support healing and reconciliation process in their respective communities. They also share the knowledge learnt from training and experience on how interactions have also helped them and their commitment to help others.



Emergency Response to Covid-19 food problems

GER has collaborated with the African Biodiversity Network (ABN) as a partner to help them find strategies to cope with the impact of Covid-19 within their communities. Thanks to funds from the AgroEcology Fund’s emergency response, over the last few months, GER has been able to support people who faced extreme poverty, hunger and other food related problems directly caused by Covid-19.



Forest protection and women’s Rights in Rwanda

Rwanda’s high population density and growing population means that land is used very intensively, which promotes commercial and monoculture tree plantations while natural forests are still under pressure.This intensive forestry model impacts women in particular because they are primarily responsible for two major livelihood activities requiring land and forests: farming and gathering firewood.
 

ABN members held community knowledge exchange in Rwanda

Extinguished partners, members of the ABN, during community dialogue in Rwanda. The knowledge exchange and experience learning was around reviving indigenous seeds, promoting indigenous knowledge, bridging knowledge gap and reconciling people with nature as a way of supporting social cohesion.


 

Strengthening Community-based Conservation through Dialogues

Through dialogues, community interaction and trainings, we promote the use of indigenous knowledge in environmental conservation and climate change mitigation. Training and workshops events bring together community practitioners, civil society organisations, local leaders and decision makers for a joint advocacy towards the sustainable community development.



Beyond conflict Rwanda Program

Since June 2016 up to 2018 GER in partnership with CFOR, implemented   interventions through the program called Beyond Conflicts-Rwanda and Great lakes.   Our work together with CFOR   was to facilitate forums and trainings gathering community groups and to facilitate a deeper conversation needed to support the reconciliation process, community recovery, and prevention of future violence.

Engaging youth participation as agents of CHANGE

Youth as agents of change they take responsibilities in preventing discrimination, violence and inequality, by promoting harmony and inclusivity to build a brighter future. They hold continuous discussions on their participation to support peace, improve relations and contribute to environmental sustainability as they learn the role of environment in the well being of community. 


Beyond Conflict Program outcome used in celebrating International Day of Peace 2019
NURC invited GER to attend the event with some of the beneficiaries of GER and CFOR Program (Beyond Conflict Rwanda) who reconciled. The reconciliation story of Patrick and Carine was chosen to be shared with all participants who were in the parliament and other Rwandans who were following the event via different media platform.



Stories from trainees supporting reconciliation at community level in Gasabo, Kicukiro and Bugesera Districts. 
From June 16th 2018 to December 2018 GER and CFOR implemented activities to support reconciliations and heal trauma in Rwanda. These activities took place in three districts: Kicukiro, Gasabo and Bugesera. The activities included forums and training facilitators at the community level. 

GER Address

KN 11 Ave 30 
EAR Kigali Building
Remera, Gasabo, Kigali
Rwanda
Telephone: +250783570305
Email: ger.globalr@gmail.com 
P.O.Box: 2117 Kigali
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