The Rwandan scouting association Association des Guides du Rwanda and their German counterpart, the St George girl guide association, have been partners since the early 1980s. For a long time, the focus was on support provided from the German side to the Rwandan partner, while in return the German guides learned about Rwanda. In recent years, however, the partners felt the time had come to work together as partners on one project theme and to seek other sources of funding beyond donations.
The chosen idea was one that was particularly close to the girl guides’ hearts: responsible management of the environment. Water was chosen as the focal point of their activities, since water – the source of life – is an element that connects all human beings. “Responsible water management and access to clean water are both global issues. That said, our countries face different kinds of problems and so we can learn a lot from each other. That is why we were inspired to focus on this subject,” explains Laura Kischkat from the St George guides.