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From 1984 to 1994, CARE Rwanda implemented a range of development projects, including maternal health care, forestry and water and sanitation activities. As a result of the civil war in Rwanda, we closed our Kigali office from April to July 1994 while conducting cross-border relief from Uganda to 150,000 displaced people in eastern Rwanda, and from Burundi and Zaire (now DRC) to 120,000 displaced in southwest Rwanda. Emergency operations included the distribution of shelter, food, basic domestic survival items, water, seeds and tools.

At the height of the emergency efforts in 1994, CARE Rwanda assisted an estimated 1.5 million internally displaced people, refugee returnees and impoverished local residents. CARE has since has built a significant rehabilitation and development program.

CARE Rwanda is currently working in six prefectures in response to expressed needs and requests of relevant government ministries. Projects now include AIDS prevention, water-system rehabilitation and community management of water systems, health education, agroforestry and sustainable land use management, community-assisted shelter projects and promotion of women's agricultural production.

Our Work in Rwanda

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.


Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from Rwanda

Mom Most Likely To: Help Girls Flourish

Program Brief | CARE’s Commitment to Ending Gender-Based Violence

These Are Our Sisters

Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread – but least recognized – human rights abuses in the world. Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. This violence is happening to our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters around the world.

This violence leaves survivors with long-term psychological and physical trauma; tears away at the social fabric of communities; and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target.

It doesn't have to be this way. Women and men...

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“The Teaching Struck Me Deep In My Heart”

In rural Rwanda, a man named Fidѐle joined one of CARE’s innovative programs addressing the violence that plagued his community. Fidѐle always dreamed of having a son. But, after his wife delivered three daughters, Fidѐle started to abuse her. Like many men in his community, Fidѐle blamed his wife for not giving him a male descendant.

Listen as Fidѐle explains how CARE helped him break the cycle violence in his own marriage and in those of his neighbors and friends.

Like Fidѐle’s wife, millions of women are at the greatest risk of experiencing violence in their own homes....

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Mind the Gap

Exploring Gender Dynamics of CARE Rwanda’s Village Savings and Loan Programming

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Project Update: The Family Planning Results Initiative

Addressing the Social Factors that Influence Family Planning

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The Real Story on the Life of Brender Mukamana

The following story is told by the child of a CARE project participant, a refugee who lives in Rwanda’s Umutara province, an area with a persistent hunger problem.

I am called Brender Mukamana, and I have 12 years. My mother is called Mukaferesi and my father died in 1998 after four years here in Rwanda .

We lived in bad conditions here – up to the extent of staying without what to eat or sometimes eating once in a day because of not having what to cook.


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CARE Enterprises: Investment & Partnership Opportunities

CARE Enterprises bridges the supply/demand gap that exists between formal markets and many of the world's poorest communities.

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Childcare for Working Mothers in Rwanda

In Kamonyi district in southern Rwanda , farmer Sylvie Nyiransabimana stands tall and wields a long wooden-handled hoe to dig small holes to plant vegetables – a chore she once had to do with a baby on her back. “It was extremely hard,” the mother of two recalls, taking a short break to retie her bright red head wrap. “Today I don’t get as tired and am much more productive at home.”

While women like Sylvie are hard-working and keen to learn, she says they are often distracted by everything that needs to be done each day. Without other...

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Child Poverty

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Sexual Violence Rising Due to Escalating Conflict

CARE calls for total protection of women and girls

GOMA (August 7, 2012) - CARE, one of the largest aid organizations worldwide, calls for total protection of women and girls in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo as the conflict in North Kivu enters its fourth month. The recent escalation of violence affects over 320,000 people, including over 200,000 who are displaced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or neighboring Rwanda or Uganda. Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence in this...

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