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CARE started work in: 1984

Rwanda ranks 160 out of 189 on the Human Development Index (HDI). CARE International’s development program in Rwanda focuses on women’s economic empowerment, gender-based violence protection, and sexual and reproductive health.

History of CARE International’s work in Rwanda

From 1984-1994, CARE Rwanda implemented a range of development projects, including maternal healthcare, forestry, and water and sanitation activities.  

As a result of the Genocide against the Tutsi, CARE International closed its Kigali office and conducted cross-border relief from Uganda, Burundi, and Zaire. At the height of the emergency efforts in 1994, CARE Rwanda assisted an estimated 1.5 million internally displaced people, refugee returnees, and impoverished residents. 

CARE Rwanda’s emergency operations included distributing shelter, food, basic domestic survival items, water, seeds, and tools. 

After the Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda had one of the highest percentages of orphans. Through CARE Rwanda’s Nkundabana approach, we worked with adult volunteers from the community to provide care for children living without household adult support.  

What CARE International does in Rwanda

CARE International has built a significant rehabilitation and development program in Rwanda that focuses on women’s economic empowerment, gender-based violence prevention, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health.  

Current projects include AIDS prevention, water-system rehabilitation and community management of water systems, health education, agroforestry and sustainable land use management, community-assisted shelter projects, and promotion of women's agricultural production. 

Reach and impact data
Total participants reached in 2023
  • Direct 330,311
  • Women & girls 60%
  • Indirect -
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Please note that the figures in this site may not be the same as those reported to donors or host governments based on different reporting periods. CARE's international aggregated reporting mechanisms always use the Fiscal Year from July to June.

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