CARE in Rwanda have mobilized to meet the humanitarian needs of thousands of refugees fleeing tensions related to presidential elections in Burundi.
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 Rwandan civil war, 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, 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.