Our commitment has not changed in twenty years. To deal with the consequences of genocide is more necessary than ever. And that means taking care of the lives of Rwandans, and helping them to rediscover their value as people
Rebuilding an oppressed community. AVSI Foundation began working alongside the Rwandan people in 1994, when we were among the first NGOs to cross the border with Uganda to support victims of genocide with an emergency response. Today, more than two decades later, while Rwanda continues to rebuild itself as a community despite the deep wounds, AVSI's projects always raise - whatever the focus of the activity - the question of reconciliation.
Currently AVSI interventions in Rwanda are carried out in 15 districts with a particular emphasis on 3 sectors:
- education drop-out prevention and improvement of school outcomes establishing school parliaments to enhance child participation and strengthening the educational structures, the capacity building of education actors and Parent-Teachers’ Committees. In the Education-Health sector, AVSI focuses on nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene issues.
- gender equality through child protection, fight against genderbased violence and women empowerment with attention to socially marginalized groups including young single-mothers.
- family economic strengthening including youth livelihood development, financial literacy, the creation of linkages with microfinance institutions,
business growth, green energy development and environmental protection.
Our model of intervention: “PACOME”
In 2014, AVSI has created the model PACOME (French acronym of PArents, COMmunautés, Écoles) to promote development through
partnerships between parents, communities and schools.
AVSI has established community socio-educational centers with permanent field offices used as social laboratories. Innovative approaches and models are developed and tested before being disseminated and integrated.
Now PACOME has become a community model.