The Global Development Africa foundation started in 2007 by African migrants in the Netherlands.
We want to share our knowledge and experience with people in the different countries of the Big Lakes Region. By doing so, they can realise their potential, both in Africa and elsewhere.
The target group is not only the inhabitants of African countries, but also African migrants, starting in the Netherlands. Our ambition is global support for Africans in the world through showing and sharing their cultures and prospects.
The aims of Global Development Africa are:
–Information and meeting each other = Access to developments in the world
–Sharing knowledge = Global co-operation
–Education/training = Children and young people are the future
–Self-reliance = Using personal strengths
–Integration/ re-integration = Finding one’s place
–Value creation = Extending the possibilities
GDA is a foundation with the following Board members;
President: Freddy Karekezi
Seretary: Ina van Dijk
Treasurer: Madeleine Munyankiko
Board member: Antoinette Harerimana
Because Global Development Africa is founded by people originally from the Great Lakes region in Africa, our projects will initially take place in that area.
At the moment we have a project going on in Bujumbura, Burundi.
General information about Burundi;
The small country of Burundi is situated South of the Equator in the Great Lakes region. Lake Tanganyika is the deepest in the world, second only to Baikal Lake in Siberia. It has an area of over 673 km with an average width of 50 km. The landscape is dominated by mountains and water.
The hills around the Big Lakes are among the most densely populated regions, because vulcanic activities have created a fertile soil. The highlands also have a mild climate, despite the vicinity of the Equator. Therefore the region is outside the zone where the tsetse-fly has its home, so cattle can easily be kept. The country has a tropical climate, determined by altitudes and seasons. Twice a year there is a dry and a wet season. The average temperature, depending upon the height, is between 17 and 24 degrees. The landscape has a lot to offer; green hills and large Lake Tanganyika both having their own flora and fauna.
The lake offers the potential – not yet realised – of watersports and fun. The whole coastline from Bujumbura to Lake Nyanza once was called “the Burundese Rivièra” by an enthusiastic official. Burundi has 2 national parks; in the North West the Kibira Nationa Park with its alpine rainforest which enters the Nyungwe Park in Rwanda, and the Rurubu National Park in the North East along the Ruruburiver.
Agriculture is easily the most important aconomical activity and is the main source of employment for about 95 % of the population. The most important export crops are coffeee, tea, sugar and cotton. As well as the agricultural processing industry there are several small industrial concerns. Burundi has, by African measures, quite a homogeneous population; everybody speaks the same language, Kirundi. The biggest ethnic group is the Hutu. Then there are Tutsi and Twa minorities. For a long time women were considered subordinate, and are still often illiterate. The constitution currently states that 30% of government position must be held by women.
GDA, together with our partner International Training & Development Center, (ITDC), wants to start some professional education in the Innovation Centre in the capital, Bujumbura.
Here we will start a fashion/sewing-school, a catering college and the ITC college.
The construction of the Innovation Centre started some years ago, after the building of the brick factory in 2013
(for photos, see http://globaldevelopmentafrica.com/fotoalbum/ )
achieved through donations from Ten Brinke Foundation, Holland. Meanwhile, the building is completely ready on the outside.
So that the courses may start as soon as possible, basic provisions will first be created on the ground floor, sponsored by crowdfunding.
We intend to start the fashion/sewing school as soon as the sanitary necessities are ready. After that the catering college will open on the ground floor.
So that students may also gain experience in service, as well as in creating income, there will be an small shop and restaurant next to it.
Students will learn also how to make a business plan, how to apply for a job, food and hygiene regulations, management and service. There will also be the opportunity to practise in local hotels.
Provisions will be made to start building the necessary kitchen; this also needs crowdfunding.
At a later stage, everything on the first floor will be adapted and finished to start the ITC college.
In the end, the sewing-fashion school then will move upstairs and thus enlarge, and the ground floor will be open for meetings, conferences and information offices for healthcare etc.
Our dream is to be a centre and example for places around Bujumbura, even neighbouring Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi and Congo.
We are aligned with the foundation “Badilisha” in Kenya. They work with forestation, permaculture and youthwork at Rusinga island.
Also in the Netherlands we have activities.
In the Netherlands many African migrants have found a home. They have many different cultures and GDA wants to make these more visible to Dutch people.
We want to do this by organising cultural events with music, dance, food, art etc.
For recent activities; see news http://globaldevelopmentafrica.com/nieuws/
For contact; http://globaldevelopmentafrica.com/contact/