Kwita Izina: Rwanda to Celebrate 18 Baby Gorillas’ Birthday


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The event is very popular due to a series of exciting activities which include energetic performances from local dance troupes and musicians.

view geneva;”>The Head of Tourism and Conservation at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi said this year’s theme is ‘A Decade: Conserving-Empowering-Growing’.

“On this occasion, we will not only celebrate the birth of one of the world’s most endangered species but also the efforts of individuals, organisations and nations involved in the preservation of these rare animals,” said Ambassador Karitanyi.

She added that “Rwanda’s community led conservation efforts have led to a 26.3 percent growth in the population of gorillas since 2003 and Kwita Izina has been key to this success. This is also thanks to the Government of Rwanda which has ensured tourism flourishes in a secure and enabling environment.”

Early this year, Kwita Izina won the second prize in the UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance.

The Rwanda Development Board recognises enhanced national conservation practices and community ownership of projects around the Volcanoes National Park that have seen beneficiaries empowered and their lives improved.

Rwanda’s tourism sector has also been growing remarkably. In 2013, Rwanda hosted 1,137,000 visitors who generated $294m, up from $62m in 2000.




Officials attribute this increase to Rwanda’s attractiveness as a travel destination, new airline routes, especially in West Africa, spearheaded by our national carrier RwandAir, an increase in unique experiences for tourists and the county’s stability and welcoming visa policies.



Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi


Kwita Izina will be marked by a series of activities starting with the launch of Basumba Primary School in Bigogwe, Nyabihu District on 26 June 2014.




The school of six classrooms has been built with funds from the Shared Revenue Scheme which gives 5 percent of tourism profits from National Parks back to the communities surrounding the gorilla habitat.




This launch will be followed by a mix of conservation, business, cultural and entertainment activities. Kwita Izina is inspired by the ancient Rwandan tradition of naming babies soon after they are born. In the nine years since the event was established, 161 mountain gorillas have been named in a celebration of nature and the communities who protect the magnificent animals.




Kwita Izina Activities:




26 June: Official launch of Basumba Primary School in Bigogwe, Nyabihu District. The school of six classrooms has been built with funding from the Shared Revenue Scheme. It will enable over 380 children to easily access education facilities.



28 June: Global Umuganda. Participants will have an opportunity to participate in the Global Umuganda. The community work reflects on the culture and commitment of Rwandans to clean and conserve the environment.



28 June: B2B meetings, Serena Hotel, Kigali: This platform will provide an opportunity for local tourism operators to showcase Rwanda tourism experiences to domestic, regional and international markets.



29-30 June: Gorilla Conservation and Community Exhibition at Musanze Stadium. The aim of the exhibition is to showcase what has been achieved in conservation and community empowerment through the 5% revenue sharing scheme.



30June: Igitaramo (Community Party) in Kinigi is a night of cultural immersion with performances from local dance troupes and musicians.




1 July: Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony at Volcanoes National Park


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