Umuganda Around The World, Terresterial And Aquatic

Umuganda Around The World, Terresterial And Aquatic

Kigali, the capital of the Republic of Rwanda, is incredibly clean? Rwanda, an African country with a young and predominantly rural population of Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa, suffered heavily during the 1994 Genocide, but has since economically strengthened with tourism its a fast-growing sector.

On the last Saturday of every month, everyone helps clean up the city and surrounding areas in a program called Umuganda (“community service“).

Umunsi w’umuganda, meaning contribution made by the community which is designed to be a day of contribution and building the country by citizens themselves, is a mandatory community service day from 8-11 am.

Everyone between the age of 18-65 rolls up their sleeves and pitches in.

This form of community service takes its aquatic form in the shape of the increasing number of charity swims and open water swimming events around the world. From the Peaks Island to Portland Swim in Maine, USA to the Olcott Lions Club Polar Bear Swim for Sight to the Great Australia Day Swim and the Japan International Open Water Swimming Association’s events where there is a mandatory pre-race beach clean-up service, the willingness of open water swimmers to lend a hand and share their talents and resources is admirable.

Additionally, innumerable channel swimmers, stage swimmers and solo marathon swimmers are increasingly swimming for a cause or a charity – and are supported by an even greater number of volunteers and those who also believe in the cause or charity. The concept of umuganda is alive and well both on land and in the open water.

Photos show individuals in Rwanda and at the Swim Across America where swimmers raise funds for cancer research, prevention and treatment.

Copyright © 2011 by Open Water Source
Steven Munatones