Affiliated Organization: Global Peace Exchange
Volunteer Activity Description
This summer, GPE will conduct participatory research in the community of Kinyinya, Rwanda. Kinyinya is a small village located just outside of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. After the Rwandan Genoicde, Kinyinya was developed as a community for the individuals who were most affected by the genocide; the majority of them were children. While the intentions behind creating the community were good, the creation had an adverse affect, resulting in child-led households, low education levels, and economic stagnation. Although non-governmental and aid organizations have attempted to assist Kinyinya, we believe that there are community needs that are not being addressed because the individuals of the community are not being directly heard.
Our three-month project will utilize interviews, surveys, and participatory video as medians for directly assessing the needs of the community. This three-fold research methodology will allow the community to speak on behalf of themselves and what their needs are, rather than them being assessed through an indirect lens. Our research will culminate with the production of an analytical report and an original video that will showcase community members' opinions on what areas of development should be focused on within Kinyinya. This final product will be used to advocate for Kigali to non-governmental and development organizations. We hope that our assessment strategy will also be adopted by local non-governmental organizations as the main method for correctly assessing community needs thorough participatory research.