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As activities of Umuganda community work resumed on March 26 this year, APEFA staff joined residents of Nyanza District in cleanup activities that saw them maintain ditches on a six-hectare area.

Usually conducted every last Saturday of the month, the Umuganda activities had been suspended for almost two years as one of measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

It’s in this line that staff of Action pour la Protection de l’Environnement et la Promotion des Filieres Agricoles (APEFA), on March 26, drove to Nyamirambo Village, Kagunga Cell, Ntyazo Sector of Nyanza District where they joined the locals in Umuganda activities.

Together with the population, APEFA staff maintained garden ditches on a six-hectare area, cleaned up roads among other activities.

People were excited to meet again in nation building activity after two years

APEFA conducted the activities in line with the Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) project (Green Amayaga) implemented by Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) with APEFA implementing the project “Community capacity building in the areas of livelihood and agroforestry for Forest Landscape Restoration in the Amayaga Region”.

Ditch maintenance for enhanced agricultural production
Nyanza District Police Commander with APEFA Executive Director holding hoes working
Nyanza District Mayor Erasme Ntazinda (in green) with members of Police and RDF busy in clean up activity
Teaching by example: APEFA’s Executive Director, Oscar NZABONIMPA showing to people how a well maintained ditch is done
Drainage done
A part view of area where ditches were cleaned up
ENVIRONMENT FIRST is among key messages given by APEFA at the event