Our commitment has not changed in twenty-five 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
AVSI Foundation started to operate in Rwanda in 1994, when it was among the first NGOs to cross the border with Uganda to support the genocide victims with emergency interventions.
Today, 25 years later, we are implementing development projects that contribute to the socio-economic transformation of the country.
Currently, AVSI Rwanda’s interventions are carried out in 16 districts with a focus on 3 sectors:
- Education: ensuring equitable access to quality education for preschool and school-aged vulnerable children, supporting out-of-school youth through technical and vocational training and through business and entrepreneurship trainings, offering adult literacy courses, establishing school parliaments to enhance child participation, capacity building of teachers and strengthening parent-teachers’ committees.
- Economic empowerment: building families and community self-reliance through awareness-raising activities on nutrition, health and sanitation and sexual and reproductive health, through business development, entrepreneurship and income generating activities trainings, through the creation of self-help and savings and loans groups and through the establishment of partnerships with micro-finance institutions.
- Child protection and gender equality: establishing early childhood development centres; delivering awareness-raising sessions for the prevention and the fight against violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect, with a focus on vulnerable groups including children, women and young single-mothers, offering psychosocial, medical and legal supports to victims.
Our approach is characterised by three levels of intervention. The entry point of all our interventions is the individual, in most cases vulnerable children, who are accompanied on the path of their life through access to quality education. It then expands to their families, which are supported through various activities so that they can become self-reliant and can take care of their children, and finally it encompasses the community, through the creation of a resilient and safe environment for child development and family socio-economic strengthening.
Model of intervention
AVSI Rwanda intervenes through its social workers and community volunteers:
- targeting children part of the distance support program, who are granted access to quality education, school materials and uniforms and who are regularly monitored.
- targeting families and communities within socio-educational centres, where we implement the PACOME method, a partnership between parents, schools and community and expanding to other community actors including health centres, finance institutions, faith based organizations, civil society organizations and local authorities to deliver a wide range of activities to strengthen their resilience and self-reliance.
Office (open 8 am - 5 pm)
Gasabo District, Kimironko Sector
Ingeri Village, KG 157 Street, House n.3,
P.O. Box 3185 - Kigali City, Rwanda
+250 783 161 500