Rwanda

Country Details

  • Joseph House (Abundant Rain) has worked in Rwanda since February 2013
  • Official Languages Kinyarwanda, French English
  • Ethnic Groups: 84% Hutu, 15% Tutsi, 1% Twa
  • Demonym: Rwandan, Rwandese
  • Government: Unitary semi-presidential constitutional republic
  • President: Paul Kagame
  • Population: 12,012,589 (July 2013 estimate)
  • Currency: Rwandan franc (RWF)
  • Calling code +250

Our Strategy

Devoted to the care of orphans - children; emergency food and medical aid for refugee camps; comfort those in mourning; Support vision 2020 to rebuild Rwanda. 

Our Work

Refugee Camps, HIV Clinics, Prisons, Orphanages; ship containers of humanitarian aid including food and clothing.

The Context

Today, Rwanda finds itself at a crossroads, moving from the humanitarian assistance phase associated with the 1994 genocide into one of sustainable development. Since 1994, the Government of Rwanda has stabilized the political situation, while putting the economy back on track with considerable assistance from development partners. Economic growth, alone, is not sufficient to bring about the necessary rise in standard of living of the population. To vanquish hunger and poverty, growth must be Pro-Poor, giving all Rwandan's the chance to gain from the new economic opportunities. Vision 2020 aspires for Rwanda to become a modern, strong and united nation, proud of its fundamental values, politically stable and without discrimination amongst its citizens.

  • Reconstruction of the nation and its social capital anchored on good governance, underpinned by a capable state
  • Transformation of agriculture into a productive, high value, market oriented sector, with forward linkages to other sectors.
  • Development of an efficient private sector spearhead by competitiveness and entrepreneurship.
  • Comprehensive human resources development, encompassing education, health and ICT skills aimed at public sector, private sector and civil society. To be integrated with demographic, health and gender issues.
  • Infrastructural development, entailing improved transport links, energy and water supplies and ICT networks;
  • Promotion of regional economic integration and cooperation.

History

The Rwandan Genocide (1994) The official figures published by the Rwandan government estimated the number of victims of the genocide to be 1,174,000 in 100 days (10,000 murdered every day, 400 every hour, 7 every minute.) The Rwanda Genocide was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority. During the approximate 100-day period from April 7, 1994 to mid-July, 1,174,000 Rwandans were killed, constituting as much as 20% of the country's total population and 70% of the Tutsi then living in Rwanda. The genocide took place in the context of the Rwandan Civil War, an ongoing conflict beginning in 1990 between the Hutu-led government and the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which was largely composed of Tutsi refugees whose families had fled to Uganda following earlier waves of Hutu violence against the Tutsi. The genocide had a lasting and profound impact on Rwanda and its neighboring counties. The pervasive use of war rape caused a spike in HIV infection, including babies born of rape to newly infect mothers; many households were headed by orphaned children or widows. It is estimated that about 300,000 Tutsi survived the genocide. Thousands of widows, many of whom were subjected to rape, are now HIV-positive. There were about 400,000 orphans and nearly 85,000 of them were forced to become heads of families.

All stories and Links about Rwanda

  • Resources for further study. Book by Carl Wilkens, I'm Not Leaving
  • United States Embassy Kigale, Rwanda
  • United States Embassy in Kilgale, Rwanda is to help create the political, economic and social conditions that will lead to the development of a prosperous civil society that embraces the principles of democratic governance and respect for human rights. To achieve these goals, we will design and implement a variety of political, humanitarian, economic, and military assistance programs that support U.S. interests in aiding Rwanda's transition to sustainable development while securing regional peace and stability in Africa's Great Lakes Region.  President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI) two years ago, with the goal of doubling exports by 2014. The U.S. Embassy is committed to supporting American companies' efforts to begin exporting or to increase exports to Rwanda. Religions: The Government reported on November 1, 2006 that 56.5 percent of the population is Roman Catholic, 26 percent Protestant, 11.1 percent Seventh-day Adventist, 4.6 per Muslim, 1.7 percent claims no religious affiliation, and 0.1 percent practice traditional indigenous beliefs. There is also a small population of Baha'is. There has been a proliferation of small, usually Christian-linked schismatic religious groups since the 1994 genocide. Foreign missionaries and church-linked nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) of various religious groups operate in the country. Foreign missionaries openly promote their religious beliefs, and the Government welcomes their development assistance. (U.S. Embassy)