Rwanda

Country Info

 

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.

Microfinance

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.

HIV & AIDS

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

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Social Change & Family Planning

Addressing the Social Factors that Influence Health: CARE’s Family Planning Results Initiative

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VSLA as a Platform for Integrated Programming

The Integration of Social Analysis and Action into SAFI

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What Works for Women

Proven approaches for empowering women smallholders and achieving food security

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CARE’s Early Childhood Development for Rwanda’s Most Vulnerable Children

Evidence points to the importance of programs that address risk factors that keep children from developing to their full potential.

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Using Mobile Health Technology to Improve Nutrition and Early Childhood Development

Many of the health services delivered to poor rural families come from community health volunteers or extension agents.

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Girls’ Leadership Development in Action: CARE’s Experience from the Field

We believe that the greatest obstacle to girls’ education is the low social status in which girls are held.

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Access Africa State of the Sector Report: Closing the Gap

This review focuses on the potential for the savings-led microfinance (MF) movement in sub-Saharan Africa to close an important gap in MF.

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Connecting the World’s Poorest People to the Global Economy

The importance of expanding access to financial services for the world’s poorest people is increasingly recognized.

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Economic Development Overview

CARE’s programs in Economic Development work to improve the economic security and income opportunities of the poor. Currently, CARE is implementing 74 economic development projects in 43 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. In addition, CARE maintains ties with independent microfinance institutions (MFI) that have grown out of CARE’s economic development programming.

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Anamariya's Story of Water and Life in Rwanda

My name is Anamariya Mukakarangwa and I am 16 years old. I was born and brought up in a rural refugee settlement in Western Uganda. I am the fifth born in a family Anamariya’s Story 3 of seven girls and one boy. In 1994 after the war, my family returned to the village of Karangazi in Rwanda with one hundred and twenty head of cattle. After the first few months in Karangazi, we experienced a drought. The cows ate all the green grass. Then the cows ate dry grass. Cows also drank all the pond water.

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