As the rainy season continued in Rwanda, we were amazed at how green and lush the forest has become. The end of the Bisate property, which is greeted by the start of the wonderful Bisoke volcano, produced a few waterfalls this month due to the heavy rain. The roaring water was heard all the way to the lodge! Our guests' adventures were certainly heightened by the rain, turning their trekking expeditions in Volcanoes National Park into thrilling experiences. Fortunately, we were well-prepared with rain gear, anticipating the upcoming busy season, and the tail-end of the rainy period.
Wilderness Move Month
The goal for this month was straightforward and easy to comprehend – get moving! All employees were energised by this Move Month initiative, which encouraged us to become more active. The Wilderness Bisate maintenance team took the lead and created a distinctive gym for the staff village, which helped us to achieve this objective. However, that was not the end of it; Bisate and Sabyinyo had an exciting soccer match to determine who would be crowned the champions. Unfortunately, Bisate lost this round to Sabyinyo, but a rematch is on the cards. Wilderness Move Month is a company-wide initiative aimed at inspiring everyone to live a more active and healthier lifestyle. We have been utilising our new gym, and we have also been busy preparing for the busy season with maintenance and deep cleaning activities.
April's rainy season brought hope! Our environmental team took Move Month to a whole new level by eliminating invasive species and replacing them with new indigenous plants. This ensured that our stunning property will flourish and provide a suitable habitat for our neighbours living in the national park. Over 800 trees and bamboo were planted on the property, and an entire section of eucalyptus was removed. The invasive species were repurposed in the community, where the leaves were used for building fences and the wood used for fuel. We are looking forward to seeing our forest grow through this busy season ahead, and with the assistance of our guests in our tree-planting initiatives.
One step at a time!
Wilderness Bisate is thrilled to announce that Nshuti Charles, our Back-of-House Assistant, has been promoted to the position of Trainee Manager Back-of-House. Charles has been a valued member of the Bisate team for many years. Along with his team, he has been responsible for ensuring that the lodge is always in excellent condition for our guests and that the upkeep is of the highest standard. He and his team are always willing to take on any task and exceed expectations. We are incredibly excited to see Charles take on this new role, which will allow him to learn more about the Operations and Front-of-House aspects of the business. We are extremely proud of him and wish him the best of luck as he embarks on this new phase in his career.
CITW at Bisate in April
In April the third and final term of the Rwandan school year started. We are happy to report that all 140 students who are part of our CITW scholarship programme are doing very well and are producing great school results.
Before the start of the school year, Aline caught up with our most senior students who are currently in the fourth year of their secondary schooling. In total we have 32 students enrolled in this Senior 4 year in Rwanda, with most of them at boarding schools. The S4 students are studying a number of different subjects and are spread across 18 different schools in Rwanda.
These students were part of our very first group of CITW Eco-Club learners who enrolled when we started the Children in the Wilderness programme in Rwanda in 2018. So they are true CITW Rwanda pioneers! It was great to see them before they travelled to their various schools across the country for the final chapter of their school year.
“What an amazing staff and such a magical place. Rwanda remains in my heart and soul. Many memories were made, and I will have a lifetime of stories. Thank you for all the love!”
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