The national secretary of Servas Rwanda has an unusual job, at least from an African point of view. He works to prevent men committing acts of violence against women and family members. He runs training courses for men, introducing them to a different view of women and family than the one they are used to. The women are also involved. It is an exemplary project and far from standard. Three cheers for this ground-breaking work!
Here you can find a BBC-Interview about the programm: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46322965
But that isn’t enough for him. He has resolved to spread Servas throughout the whole of Africa, no less. In some countries that means reactivating Servas, in others it means starting from scratch. He also plans to bring the Arabic-speaking world in northern Africa into the Servas fold. We wish him much luck and success!
He is also a member of the Development Committee (DC), a Servas International working group that has one member on every continent. The DC tries to get Servas started in countries that don’t have Servas as yet. Expats (people who live and work outside their home countries) often play an important role in this process, since they usually know Servas from home, and with the help of the DC, they try to instil a sense of enthusiasm for Servas among the locals in their new country. Servas International provides help to get started. It’s a task that requires a good deal of patience and perseverance.