Rwanda

Working With Children in Rwanda

World Vision began operations in Rwanda in 1994 in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the genocide. In 2000, the mission moved from relief to long-term development and supporting children in Rwanda. Today, we impact the lives of more than one million Rwandans with a focus on the most vulnerable children and women.

Though Rwanda has one of the highest primary school enrollment rates in Africa, completion rates are low and students who do complete school often lack skills needed for successful employment. We train teachers and support learning centres where students can use computers to improve their skills. We provide vocational training and assist the most vulnerable children with scholarships so they can stay in school.

Your impact in Rwanda

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
  • 19,984 adults learned about child protection and how to report abuse
  • 4,039 meetings were held by the community to advocate for better child protection services
  • 30 children's groups are active in the community
  • 5,054 children shared their thoughts and ideas as part of an annual progress review
  • 960 children participated in spiritually nurturing activities

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Rwanda funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 8,110 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 240 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 24,000 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 19,590 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 210,255 USD in cash or vouchers were given to caregivers as part of our COVID-19 response

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Rwanda, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 718 kids under age 5 suffering from diarrhoea were treated
  • 1,355 newborns in our programme received essential care at birth
  • 3,045 people were reached by local health campaigns
  • 450 community health workers were trained to identify malnourished kids
  • 2,208 children were enrolled in nutrition programs

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Rwanda funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 197 teachers are putting their new literacy training into practice
  • 1,618 kids aged 3–6 go to preschool
  • 1,255 parents and caregivers went to our early education training
  • 5,512 school-age children are currently enrolled and attending a structured learning institution
  • 302 youth took part in our life skills activities

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Rwanda funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 1,539 local savings groups were started by faith communities
  • 1,390 farmers who went to our training used the new farming methods they learned
  • 8,520 households were provided with fruit trees
  • 303 youth took part in projects outside of farming to earn an income
  • 6,849 women and men are active members of a local savings group

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Rwanda funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 10,954 people now have access to better sanitation facilities
  • 33,963 more people now have clean water within 30 minutes of their home
  • 20,771 people learned about good hygiene, including how to wash their hands and keep clean
  • 3,812 families went to our hygiene training and now have a handwashing station with soap at home
  • 159 community health groups are actively working to provide better access to water

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Rwanda funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.