Sunday, January 29, former scouts found an association that will support youth in general. RASAL (Rwanda Ancient Scouts Alliance) is made of men and women who have performed their young age in Scoutism. It aims to enhance scoutism values and support youth initiatives.
The idea was born since last August, when old scouts noticed the advanced ages, but also realizing that “one leaves scoutism but always bears it, in blood, habits and behavior, wherever he is: residence, working area and elsewhere”.
Pioneers are 62, all have grown in scoutism and have worked in its organs. On the occasion of the 1st General Assembly, RASAL members sign the Regulations, approve annual plan with budget and vote members of different organs. The alliance will be managed according to its legal texts, with Law N°04/2012 of 17/02/2012, regulating local nongovernmental organizations.
Although the alliance will not put a special emphasis on boy scouts, it will consider all young people, members of youth associations. Growing in youth association makes a cornerstone basis of wellbeing.
In a welcome notes, on the website “rasal.rw”, the chairman of RASAL underlines the following. “Today, the youth is undergoing various dangers which were not frequent during our times. These include terrorism, drugs, climate change, wars and conflicts, socio-economic disparities, etc”, Jack Sindayigaya says.
Among other activities ahead, RASAL will make a census of all former scouts, their way of living and the contribution of scoutism over their lives. The alliance will pay Medical Insurance for 50 families, whose children belong to any youth association. It will also offer 2 cows in the Girinka program and support youth associations. All will benefit to populations of 2 pilot districts: Gasabo and Rwamagana.
Board members include Jack Sindayigaya, chairperson; assisted by Chantal Nikuze. The Audit committee is headed by Phocas Musemakweri, while Dr Jean Pierre Uwimana leads the conflict management committee.
New members are welcome according to their capacity of contributing. Members are in 3 categories: Diamond who pay 200.000 Frws per annum, Gold who pay 100.000 Frws and Silver 60.000 Frws.
However, any member has right to change the category, and all members enjoy equal rights and obligations towards the alliance.
Jean Baptiste Karegeya