IDEAS For Rwanda was founded in 2017 after John Bosco Gakumba became the fifth IREX Fellow to IDEAS For Us and traveled to Orlando, Florida for a four-month immersion program from August to December of 2016. The United States Department of State specially selected him as a candidate and IDEAS selected him for the program. John is from Kigali, Rwanda and when IDEAS lead an expedition there in July of 2017, a branch at KLM University in Kigali was rapidly established. IDEAS For KLM is a University branch of IDEAS in the capital city of Kigali.
The official and current IDEAS For Us – Rwanda Branch was created by Keneth Bahati and Richard Manishimwe on 25 sept 2017 in Kicukiro district kanombe sector remera cell. It started with 7 members who shared ideas and the way they can spread over the country.
The branch has had the challenge of very few resources, but has found success in realizing projects such as community garden installations, waste management, Umuganda action days, and more.
IDEAS For KLM has focused on the Ecology and Waste Pillars in the action projects they have conducted. This includes trash clean-ups and tree plantings for children at schools who are faced with food insecurity.
2019 Action Project Plan
Project 1: Tree planting
Project 2: Food security