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:

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

  • 22 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 255 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 3 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment
  • 619 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • 2,998 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
  • 214 malnourished children have regained a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 297 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children 
  • 5,952 people benefited from food aid, helping them fight hunger and malnutrition
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018


Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 124 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 13 children clubs are giving children clubs and youth a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 223 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 5,484 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 540 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 1,345 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 10,502 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 290 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 442 farmers received inputs like livestock, seeds and tools, to increase their ability to produce more nutritious food and market the excess for a regular income
  • 80 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.

  • 1,483 people are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 4,876 children learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 6,967 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources


Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

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