Rwanda

Working with Children in Rwanda


 

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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.

Some of our recent accomplishments in Rwanda include: giving access to handwashing facilities to 638,227 people and sanitation facilities to 256,526 people; activities aimed at ending violence against children for 45,854 children and youth; medical consultations for 32,489 people through projects supported by World Vision; teaching financial literacy and giving access to small loans for 23,104 people; and providing agricultural resources such as small livestock and seeds to 17,976 people.

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:
  • 45,854 children and youth participated in activities aimed at ending violence against children.
  • 684 children and adults participated in trainings on child protection, including gender-based violence, positive parenting, children's rights and early marriage.
  • 8,327 people are participating in activities that provide spiritual nurture and encouragement for children.
  • 2,134 people were involved or trained in community-level advocacy and social accountability activities aimed at holding their governments responsible for the provision of basic services.
  • 42 community groups engaged in Citizen Voice and Action activities, calling on their governments to deliver the basic services that have been promised.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
 
  • 1,239 malnourished children recovered their health because of nutrition treatment.
  • 32,489 patient consultations were provided by community health workers through projects supported by World Vision.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
  • 5,545 children attended early childhood development centres.
  • 13,401 children attended in-school or after-school literacy activities.
  • 344 early childhood development centres were established or improved, meeting the set quality standards for young children's education.
  • 3,996 caregivers received training to support their children's early reading skills using the Unlock Literacy approach.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
  • 857,992 USD was saved by community savings groups that are facilitated with World Vision's support.
  • 770 active savings groups created settings for members to learn financial skills, save money collectively and gain access to small loans.
  • 23,104 people were actively involved in savings groups, providing them with financial literacy training and access to small loans.
  • 1,119 community members, including children, received training in disaster risk reduction.
  • 16,475 people were trained in agriculture and livestock techniques including food production, livestock handling, climate-smart techniques and post-harvest storage methods.
  • 100 producer groups were operational, with members working together to create or sell products.
  • 17,976 people received support with agricultural resources, including large and small livestock and seeds.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
 
  • 256,526 people had access to sanitation facilities at home or school.
  • 638,227 people had access to handwashing facilities at home or school.
  • 70,525 people had access to safe drinking water.
  • 162 WASH committees with Accountability Action Plans to ensure quality and sustainable WASH services provision
  • 647,190 people were trained or involved in community water, sanitation or hygiene initiatives.
  • 77 schools had adequate menstrual hygiene management facilities in place.
  • 924 sanitation facilities, including latrines and garbage disposals, were constructed or updated in schools, homes and health centres.
  • 1,432 water sources were constructed, rehabilitated or improved, providing safe water for children and families to drink.
  • 198 community members, including vendors, received water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) training, including the management, construction and maintenance of WASH facilities.
  • 88,222 people received hygiene products and kits to support their health and wellbeing.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors

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