Rudi International Year in Review – 2015

“Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Proverb 31:9
With God’s grace, you have helped us do just that this past year. Let’s walk back to 2015 and count our blessings together!

-Alain Rafiki, Co-Founder & President at Rudi International, non-profit

2015 was a very exciting year for Rudi International.  We are so thankful for your continued support as we strive to make a difference in Goma, DR Congo.  Please read on to catch a few of the highlights from 2015!  We certainly can not contain all of God’s goodness and blessing in one update. So, after reading these highlights, please feel free to check out our website, additional hyperlinks, and our Facebook page for a more in-depth look into our programs.

  • Encourage Mothers
  • Rudi Education
  • Rudi for Women and Girls Online

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Working for a safer online environment for young people #SID2016

As part of the Rudi for Women and Girls Online – #R4WGO program, Rudi International, non-profit celebrates the Safer Internet Day with the rest of the world as over 100 countries celebrate this day to encourage the safe and responsible use of online technology.

Rudi International agrees with the theme for this year calls you to “Play your part for a better Internet,” where children and the rest of humanity is safe, dignified, respected, and the Lord God honored.

Below is a link from the ITU Blog that shares a SMART way of stay safe on the Internet:

S – Set your limits: beware of sharing your personal information.

M – Meeting online friends offline: take someone else with you that you know and trust to stay safe.

A – Accepting invitations/friendships: there is nothing wrong in declining invitations that you are not sure about.

R – React: if you see something that bothers you, talk to your parents or someone you trust.

T – Tell someone about your concerns: report inappropriate content and behavior to the host of the website or police.

Finally, the ITU also provides a wonderful PDF document that parents can use with their children for educating them and improving their safety both online and offline. Please find the PDF document directly on the ITU website.

Source: Working for a safer online environment for young people #SID2016

For Girls In ICT day, Rudi sponsored the Goma Web Activism Summit

The workshops

For this year’s celebrations, Rudi International co-hosted the Goma Web Activism Summit (GWAS) in April 2015 as a way to celebrate and mark the Girls in ICT day. The event was mainly a series of trainings on basic ICT skills, social media presence and blogging skills.

The event targeted young people, online activists from the DRC, Burundi, Rwanda and Kenya as they took part into a 3 days event in Goma, eastern Congo. The event was held in Yole!Africa’s facilities, being part of the sponsors. We are happy to have partnered with Yole, a cultural center based in Goma to support the event.

About 20 participants in total, including about 8 young women took part and had a lot to learn, committing to share back with their communities. Each one of them had the opportunity to create their own blogs and start expressing themselves on subjects they want. They had the opportunity to learn how they can benefit from the numerous opportunities offered to them by the Internet, such as introduction to social media sites.

“The DRC is a big country where connectivity is still a problem, so many people started going online mainly through mobile phones as access to cyber cafes requires money. There are more young men than women that’s why for over 3 years now, Rudi International is targeting women, helping them understand they can build career in ICT”, said Arsene Tungali, Co-founder and Executive Director of Rudi International who was one of the trainers.

We have been organizing Girls In ICT day celebrations for the past 3 years now, Rudi being the only one organization bringing ICT debates to young people in eastern Congo.

The topics we covered in previous events were such as: online security tips, managing online presence on social media sites, blogging skills, and online activism as a way to create more internet and ICT literate new generations. We have participated in several Internet Governance meetings on a national, regional and international level and we are committed to supporting access to affordable Internet. You can partner with us!!

Site visit

11188190_797418300348078_3014914101695077504_nOn the last day of the workshop, part of the delegation paid a visit to our beneficiaries in Lac Vert as they wanted to see first-hand the work we are doing with the communities.

It was a Sunday, the kids wanted to meet those young people coming from other countries to hear their stories.

At the school, our friends from Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya had the opportunity to answer questions from the kids such as:

  • What languages do you speak?
  • What do you eat in your country?
  • How is the weather there?
  • Do you have motorbikes?
  • How are your schools look like?

These questions led to a good debate. These kinds of activities are part of what we call “afterschool activities” which is a way for us at Rudi to help our beneficiaries learn what’s going on outside of their sphere and country. We are happy that most of our supporters believe this is a good way to create a new generation of global citizens. Thank you for your continuous support. Know that your kind donations are not only covering school fees but serve beyond that.

You too can donate to support our afterschool activities as we tend to develop more and more exciting activities for our sponsored kids. You have the choice of donating on a monthly basis the amount of your choice; you also have the possibility to share with us for what purpose you want your donation to be used for.

Christmas Project 2014

Boys and girls from the Lac Vert community enjoyed a meal with Rudi International team thanks to your generous donation last year. Will you join us again this year?

It is finally here!

That time of the year when we get to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. At Rudi International, we want to do this with those who have little to no means of celebrating because they cannot afford a decent meal for Christmas or New Year or even clothing.

Thinking about a gift for Christmas? Please give a meal and the opportunity to learn a new marketable skill for a mother in war-torn Goma, a smile, or a full tummy to a kid in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. You can GIVE any or some of that at this link.

The Full Story

Christmas with Rudi International reaches beyond the ministry of the children in the education program.  Through this event each year the whole Lac Vert community is invited to gather, rejoice and to have fun, enjoying the holiday together.  The Christmas project was launched in 2012 as an outreach to the entire community.  That first year around 208 children were fed and over 300 attended the planned activities.

In 2013, with your support, the event reached even more and more people. Rudi International was able to involve the whole community, the celebrations taking two days! We gathered three different groups on Dec 24th and the big celebration with everyone happened on Dec 25th. Those events included a special art camp with the children enrolled in the education program and a training event for volunteers in the community who would help with the event on Christmas.  The 3rd group was focused on women, 27 mothers attended. The workshop was directed by Mama Jeannet, our volunteer, a great women who is directing the “Encourage Mothers” program.  They celebrated Christmas on their own, talking about their role as women to support their families. They spent time singing and dancing and were encouraged to forget a little bit about their problems and focus on Christ, the reason for the celebration. At the end, the youths and women received a small package (rice, soap, beans, kitchen oil, etc), to make sure they celebrate Christmas on the next day while we will be feasting with the kids on the following day.

It was a special and unique opportunity in the area where parents are not able to offer anything on this special day for their kids.

We are really humbled each year to see God using Rudi’s team of volunteers to bring joy to the community which is comprised of people affected by war.

In 2014, with the growth of our education program increasing from 32 children to 70, (Praise God!) we have a big task ahead to raise funds for our 2014 Christmas Project.  Will you help us by making a donation of any amount to help feed the children of the community? Aprox. Cost: $1500

$5 – will help feed a child in the community and provide fun activities to attend on Christmas day.

Rudi International is also hoping to provide activities for the children and women involved in Rudi’s education and Encourage Mother’s program.  We have 70 students who will be attending the art camps.  We have about 40 women in the other program who will attend a workshop to learn how to make plastic bags which is a skill they can use as a trade.  During the workshops the Rudi team will also be feeding them a lunch of bread and drinks  Approx. Cost: $950

A $10 donation – A child gets to attend art camp and have lunch
A $10 donation – A women gets to learn a trade and have lunch

Rudi International at the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) in Nairobi

Rudi International at the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) in Nairobi

AfIGF official logo

AfIGF official logo

We are happy to announce that Rudi International will be present at the AfIGF that is scheduled to take place from September 24 to 26 in Nairobi, Kenya at the Multimedia University. And we will be represented by our Co-founder and Executive Director Arsene Tungali who is part of the global Internet Governance process.

In this pdf document, Chengetai Masango from the IGF Secretariat in Geneva shared about what’s Internet Governance.

Internet governance is the development and application by Governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programs that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.

Rudi International in the IG process

We have been involved in the Internet Governance process since 2011 when Arsene Tungali took place at the Global 6th Internet Governance Forum which took place in Nairobi (Kenya) in September 2011. He played a big role being part, as a Youth Participant, in a Child Online Protection (COP) panel with other youths from other Europe and African countries and experts including ConnectSafely.org Co Director Larry Magid, Richard from Facebook, Dr Adeleye from Youth Crime Watch of Nigeria, Priscillia Kounkou from UNICEF, Angian Bose from Ecpat International and others.

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Arsene Tungali (second from right) presenting. From left to right: Larry (USA), Dr Adeleye (NIgeria), Arsene and Valentyne (Ukraine)

The panel posting with Dr Hamadoun Toure, ITU SG

The panel posting with Dr Hamadoun Toure, ITU SG

He made a presentation on the main theme “Young people and their safeguards in an increasingly connected world” where he presented the state of youth online security in the DRC, a country where Internet is being used by young people mainly through mobile devices than on computers.

Arsene Tungali is also an alumni of Diplo Foundation’s 2012 Internet Governance Capacity Building Program (IGCBP12) which is a series of online courses on Internet Governance and other specialized courses including E-participation, Cybersecurity, etc.

What do we do in the Internet field?

Rudi International is among civil society organizations in the organizing committee of the young DRC IGF (DRC Internet Governance Forum). IGF DRC hosted the Central Africa IGF that took place in Kinshasa last August.

Since 2012, Rudi International have launched a program called “Rudi For Women and Girls Online” whose aim is to educate young girls on the best use of the new information and communication technologies (ICT) as part of their emancipation. We educate them on how they can be safe online while taking benefit from what Internet can offer them.

Our girls in ICT day event in 2012

Our girls in ICT day event in 2012

We do this through workshops and online discussions using Facebook. We have been honored to partner with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN leading organization on ICT and have been able to convene for now two Girls In ICT” events in Goma (DRC) where we gathered about 160 young women the two previous years, talking about the challenges and opportunities offered by the online world from a Congolese perspective. We have received a certificate of appreciation from the ITU.

Girls in ICT event in Goma, 2013. Watching the Stoty of Facebook

Girls in ICT event in Goma, 2013. Watching the Stoty of Facebook

This program is stuck because we need to have more funds and partners to carry such activities in educating the next generation about the last development in the tech field, as technology won’t wait for them. Rudi International has played a big role, being the only one youth-led organization gathering young people to discuss about the last developments in technologies, especially about Internet and how they can be safe from bullying and other online risks. We are open for partnerships in that area!

Meet Arsene in Nairobi

Are you going to be there too? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Arsene and discuss partnership possibilities with your organization if you care about the youth in Eastern DRC where we are based and where we are working. We always seek for fellowships to take part in other Internet-related events across Africa and the world.

Follow him on Twitter (@arsenebaguma) for updates about the Forum and stay in touch by liking our ICT specialized Facebook page. For emergency, email him: arsenebaguma@gmail.com

Celebrations: Rudi’s 2nd bday. Our sponsored kid’s graduation

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Credit: Tresor Tshilumba (Rudi Volunteer, Lubumbashi)

Dear friends and supporters,

We are pleased to announce to you these important celebrations. As always, we chose not to keep it for ourselves! Two main events: our 2nd anniversary and the closing of the first school year within our child sponsorship program which coincides with their graduation.

We sent 16 to school ths 2012-2013 school year. You sponsored them!

We sent 16 to school ths 2012-2013 school year. You sponsored them!

For your record, Rudi International was founded in July 7th of 2011. This 2013, makes our 2nd year anniversary: two years since we have started the work we are doing with children affected by multiple conflicts in the Lac Vert area giving them hope for the future through education. Two years working with the youths of Goma on our various capacity building programs.

As last year, we would like to have a birthday cake to be shared with our 16 sponsored kids, our amazing volunteers, our friends and supporters who will be able to be in Goma on that day.

Last year celebration. @Cap Kivu Hotel, Goma

Last year celebration. @Cap Kivu Hotel, Goma

We are pleased to associate you in this!

First, we would like to thank you for all kind of support you have shown to our work the past 2 years, support without which we couldn’t be able to make the change we are making in the lives of people in Goma and surroundings.

Here are some of the ways you can be part of this celebration:

–         Help us make our birthday cake and have some drinks for our guests,

–         Help us gather gifts (presents) for our kids for their graduation,

–         Help us gather presents (surprises) to some of our volunteers for their hard work throughout our first year of Rudi Education.

–         Etc.

Note this: All online donations starting 5$ are made here: Donations (via paypal). If this is not possible for you, email us info@rudiinternational.org (cc arsenebaguma@gmail.com) and let us know what’s in your heart for us.

Thank you so much!

Rudi Team.

Rudi celebre la Journee des jeunes filles dans les TIC – Rudi pour les Femmes et les Filles en ligne

Rudi International, au travers de son programme Rudi for Women and Girls Online, a célébrée pour la deuxième fois la journée mondiale des jeunes filles dans le secteur des NTIC, une journée consacrée par l’Union Internationale des Télécommunications (UIT).

Watching the Story of Facebook

Watching the Story of Facebook

Ce 25 avril, a Goma, avec plus de 60 participants majoritairement composés de jeunes filles des différentes universités et regroupements de jeunes de la ville afin de discuter sur des questions liées a leur utilisation des NTIC (nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication).

Deux thèmes principaux étaient développés:

  • Les jeunes et les médias sociaux, par Arsène Tungali (Directeur Exécutif de Rudi International)
  • Les opportunités de mobilisation présentes dans le domaines des NTIC pour les femmes par Vianney Bisimwa (Membre du CA de Rudi)
  • un témoignage sur “Pourquoi j’utilise Internet” par Chantal FAIDA (Bloggeuse)

Les différentes interventions ont débutées après que les participants ont suivi le film documentaire sur la création de Facebook, le plus grand réseau social actuellement.

Quelques liens sur cet événement sur la toile:

– Sur le blog de la dynamique IGF RDC

– L’événement sur le Portail Girls in ICT de ITU

Plus de Photos sur: l’événement

We have been silent posting here…

Dear friends & Supporters,

We would like to apologise for the silence from our side. We should have been keeping in touch and posting updates on our website, but we had some technical problems on our website platform.

We are happy to announce that it is all solved now, so we will be posting updates very soon about our main programs: Rudi for Women and Girls Online and Rudi Education which are currently working in Goma, Eastern Congo, where we are based.

Thank you for being patient.

Arsène Tungali,

Executive Director

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Chers amis et partenaires,

Nous voulons présenter des excuses pour le silence manifesté de notre part. Ça fait un temps que nous avons connu un problème sur notre site web, faisant a ce que nous ne soyons en mesure de publier et de vous informer sur nos activités.

Nous sommes heureux car le problème a été résolu et bientôt vous recevrez de nos nouvelles, des nouvelles sur les deux programmes principaux qui fonctionnent actuellement: Rudi for Women and Girls Online et Rudi Education.

Merci pour votre patience et bonne compréhension,

Arsène Tungali,

Directeur Exécutif