Yves is an inspiring person who is heavily involved in community development. One project he's working on is the distribution of used computers that he receives from a donor in the EU, which he sets up in local schools. He is interested in computers and gadgets, which is rather ironic as he has lived almost his entire life on the island without electricity (solar panels are slowly starting to change that).
When the financial situation permits, Yves buys diesel for the radio station's generator, so that he can transmit radio for the population. He goes around the island with his dictaphone and interviews fellow Idjwians about topics relevant for them. He knows everyone on the Island and is in particular a friend of the Pygmyes who have historically been marginalized. Yves loves the island and does everything possible to improve the lives of people in his community.
As your guide, Yves will meet you in Gisenyi, Rwanda and facilitate crossing the border into DRC, and boarding the ferry. He'll stay with you throughout the duration of your stay organizing days trips to various parts of the island where you can visit communities of pottery makers, pineapple farmers, fishing communities, and a range of other skilled entrepreneurs. You can practice your hand at each livelihood along the way or simply learn more about the communities and people on the island.
Idjwi island, in Lake Kivu, is part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and is situated on Lake Kivu between Rwanda and the DRC. The island has more than 250,000 inhabitants, but is not connected to a regional power grid, has no paved roads, and no running water. The island is largely known for being in the midst of a prolonged humanitarian crisis and has little to no tourism infrastructure.
Vayando is currently only operating on Idwe Island in the DRC. When booked, a local guide will meet you in Gisenye, Rwanda and cross the border with you to Goma, DRC, where you will take a ferry together to Idjwe Island.
There is no electrical grid on the island and no paved roads. Local restaraunts are available. Some overnight accommodations will have electrical generators with intermittant power.