Robert Gondek on the way to the highest peaks of African countries

Robert's Team with Burundi Safari Tour Guide

Robert’s Team with Burundi Safari Tour Guide

Robert Gondek has visited 10 African countries. He summited six of the highest African peaks.
He was walking in the rainy forest in Rwanda, swimming in the beautiful Ocean on the Zanzibar island, travelling in some of the most beautiful African National Parks (Kruger NP in South Africa, Etosha NP in Namibia, Serengeti NP in Tanzania, Murchison Falls NP in Uganda and many others).

He was enjoying the sunrise from the summits of Mount Meru, Rwenzori, Mount Kenya, Karisimbi and Kilimanjaro. He was also traveling across Burundi. We were traveling together with him and we organized for him a trekking to the highest peak of Burundi.

He shared with us his feelings about his trip to Burundi. This is what he told us about our country:

‘It was a part of my project called ‘On the way to the highest peaks of African countries‘.
After visiting Rwanda we went to Burundi. Before crossing the border we had a really few information about this country. We were told that it was one of the poorest country in the world and had one of the lowest GDP per capita rate in the world.

Robert walking with a Chimpanzee

Robert walking with a Chimpanzee

After coming to Bujumbura we could see at once that it was a truth. Instead of motorcycles (very popular in a surrounded Rwanda) here you could find bicycles. They were used as a local taxis. In the shops there was a little variety of the products. On the streets a lot of people was asking for money. The houses were simple and small.

But the one thing that we could notice is that people in Burundi were as friendly as in the other African countries. With the first contact, they were a little surprised seeing “mzungu” on the street, but after a while they were happy to talk with us and to help us with something.

I am really glad that we visited Burundi despite the warnings of Polish, American and European Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Staying in Bujumbura we were sure that there was nothing interesting to visit in Burundi. When we left the capital of Burundi, we changed our opinion at once. We saw the second face of Burundi.

Nice resort near Tanganyika Lake

Nice resort near Tanganyika Lake

We started with a trip to Mount Heha – the highest peak of Burundi. The area surrounding this mountain is a beautiful landscape. But not only the area near Mount Heha is a second face of Burundi, we experienced a beautiful, green, mountainous country, which was placed above 1000 or even 1500 meters above sea level.

Summing up – I really recommend to visit Burundi and to see  the Karera Falls, Tanganyika Lake and Gishora Drummers with their show. We can really recommend to write to Burundi Safari Info to help you to find the actual information about Burundi and organize some part of your trip. If you don’t believe how beautiful Burundi is, look at my photos attached to this text. You will believe!

Robert’

All the articles from Robert’s trips to Africa you can read at his website: http://www.stronagerbera.pl You can also find there the most beautiful photos of African nature, people and landscapes at his website.

You are welcommed to visit the Facebook’s fanpage of the project: ‘On the way to the highest peaks of African countries’





Foire Artisanale des pays membres de l’EAC, 13è Edition

East African Trade Fair in Bujumbura

East African Trade Fair in Bujumbura – BurundiSafari

Les Artisans des pays membres de la Communauté Est Africaine, à travers la Confédération des organisations du secteur informel de l’Afrique de l’Est (EAC/CISO) organisent régulièrement des foires au cours desquelles ils exposent et vendent divers objets qu’ils fabriquent eux-mêmes. La première foire organisée au Burundi s’est tenue au Musée vivant de Bujumbura du 2 au 9 Décembre 2012. Cette foire est la 13è Edition de ce genre et a été conjointement organisée par le ministère burundais chargé du commerce, industrie, postes et tourisme et par CISO/Burundi.

Les produits qu’ils vendaient étaient très diversifiés et permettaient de voir que la région regorge de vrais artisans parce qu’ils présentaient des créations propres à eux. Les objets d’art qu’ils exposaient étaient des sculptures, des paniers, et sacs de différentes dimensions issus de la vannerie; des produits en cuir comme des chaussures, ceintures, chapeaux, et colliers. On pouvait aussi y trouver des vêtements de couture africaine, des produits traditionnels liquides ou en poudre pour le traitement de certaines maladies, des produits de beauté et d’autres choses encore.

Hand bags from East Africa - BurundiSafari

Hand bags from East Africa – BurundiSafari

Les artisans de chaque pays ont eu un espace suffisant pour exposer leurs produits car le lieu choisi du musée vivant était suffisamment spacieux. Mais le climat n’a pas été clément parce qu’il a beaucoup plu du Lundi au Mercredi, ce qui a rendu difficile le déplacement des gens qui avaient préféré se rendre à la foire durant les trois jours. Heureusement qu’il n’a pas plu les autres jours.

Certains membres de CISO/Burundi ont apprécié l’endroit choisi et étaient satisfaits du fait que les artisans des pays de la région ont tous répondus à l’invitation. Néanmoins ils déplorent que la pluie n’ait pas permis aux gens de fréquenter les lieux à leur guise. D’après les visiteurs des stands, les burundais ont présenté des objets originaux parce qu’ils sont fabriqués à base des produits locaux naturels.

Ils reconnaissent qu’au Burundi il y a de vrais artisans qui fabriquent des produits admirables et utiles mais qu’ils manquent de moyens financiers pour produire plus. Ils trouvent que les artisans des autres pays de la région sont plus avancés parce qu’ils sont soutenus par les autorités de ces pays. Ils demandent au gouvernement burundais d’appuyer les artisans pour qu’ils puissent avoir des crédits car jusqu’à présent les banques ne leur accordent pas de crédit parce qu’ils n’ont pas d’hypothèques. Ils souhaitent que l’enseignement des métiers soit renforcés pour former beaucoup d’artisans car ceux qui oeuvrent dans ce secteur, surtout dans la sculpture sont très âgés alors qu’ils aimeraient que les objets d’art soient toujours à la page.

East African Trade Fair in Bujumbura - Musé Vivant | BurundiSafariEt ils affirment que si le gouvernement pouvait former les jeunes non scolarisés ou descolarisés, cela permettrait de lutter contre la pauvreté et il y aurait moins de délinquants. Ils approuvent les talents des artisans et la volonté de bien travailler pour bien présenter l’image du pays. Ils ont obtenu la première place dans les Foires qui ont eu lieu au Rwanda et en Ouganda, et la deuxième en Tanzanie. Ils espèrent obtenir toujours les meilleures places s’ils sont soutenus pour trouver les moyens nécessaires de produire d’avantage.





International Community Commits More Than $2 Billion to Accelerate Burundi’s Development Progress

Here are some good news!

A high-level conference of Burundi’s development partners concluded today at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, where more than 400 public and private representatives from a range of countries from the United States to the United Emirates, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, the European Union, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and African Development Bank met for two days to identify ways to support the country’s continued progress in reducing poverty and ensuring sustainable livelihoods.

The Government of Burundi had hoped to mobilize $1.1 billion to support its development plan, “but we ended up with more than $2 billion registered commitments at the conference,” said Pamphile Muderega, permanent secretary of the National Aid Coordination Committee. “This represents a doubling of our already optimistic expectations.”

The normalization of political life has been a remarkable achievement in Burundi, said Rosine Sori-Coulibaly, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General in Burundi. Burundi’s remarkable development achievements are coming just seven years after the civil war ended, in which ethnic violence between Hutus and Tutsis resulted in more than 200,000 deaths, forced 48,000 refugees into Tanzania, and displaced 140,000 others internally. With support from the United Nations, free, fair and peaceful elections took place in 2005 and 2010 and safety and security has been reinforced across the entire national territory.

“Burundi is now out of the post-conflict period and is truly committed to the path of development,” said Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza. “Economic growth has risen from -1.2% in 2003 to 4.2% in 2011; and indicators of maternal and infant mortality have declined significantly.”

Nkurunziza said Burundi is a country rich in talent, natural resources and economic opportunities, armed with a determined and hardworking people. “I cannot say it enough, the citizens of my country show an intangible desire to move towards a better future,” he said.

Despite these achievements, Nkurunziza said Burundi remains one of the poorest countries in the world and has faced considerable challenges linked principally to the breakdown of social cohesion, the slowing down of economic development and an increase in poverty.

To address these challenges, vice president Gervais Rufyikiri said his government is seeking support for the implementation of its second Poverty Reduction Strategy which focuses on growth, job creation and the development of a dynamic private sector, with agribusiness, tourism and mining in particular showing strong potential as key drivers of economic growth

“The strategic plan estimates that US$ 2.1 billion is needed to achieve the objectives of the CSLPII. The Government will pay 48% of this amount and it is expected that as a result of the Geneva Conference, development partners will support the remaining 52%,” he said.

Jordan Ryan, Assistant UNDP Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, said Burundi stands at a critical crossroad in its history, energized by the progress made so far, but conscious of the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. “The Government, supported by civil society, projects a sound, clear vision of equitable economic growth that is socially, environmentally, ecologically, and financially sustainable in the medium and long term,” he said.

UNDP, which supported the organization of the Geneva Conference, will be actively involved in the implementation of CSLPII, said Xavier Michon, UNDP Burundi Country Director. “UNDP has been heavily involved in recent years in supporting the transition from crisis to development,” he said. “UNDP will continue to plan an active role in mobilizing the international community, supporting aid coordination, strengthening good governance and reducing corruption.”

Also present at the conference were more than 30 private sector and non-profit organizations offering creative solutions to poverty reduction in Burundi through, for example, employment creation. Greg Stone, Executive Director of Rwanda Partners, said his organization has created tens of thousands of jobs in Rwanda and Uganda, linking them with markets in the United States. “Our primary sales channel is the 66.5 million customers of Costco, which has 608 stores worldwide. We now seek to include Burundi in our business model, which – as a non-profit- channels all profits back to human development in Africa.”

Source: http://allafrica.com.





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