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Known for its beautiful rolling hills and magnificent views, Rwanda is nicknamed the "land of a thousand hills." This is also a land that has seen much sorrow and tragedy—with a violent history of genocide in the recent past. This, as well as extreme poverty have left their marks on the country. Many people have physical and emotional wounds and other families face a daily struggle for food, shelter, healthcare and education. While incredible progress has been made in recent years, there remains much work still to be done. Many people continue to suffer emotionally and physically as their families struggle for adequate food, shelter, healthcare, and education.

Since 1994, World Relief has taken up the call to serve in Rwanda. What began as a response to genocide shifted over the years to a focus on long-term development through microfinance, responding to the HIV/AIDS crisis, and helping reduce child mortality. World Relief has helped implement some of the country’s largest child survival programs and leverages its programming experience to increase local church capacity—allowing churches to serve their community’s social, economic, health, and spiritual needs. 


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Church Empowerment/Integral Mission

Savings for Life

Child & Family Strengthening

Water Project

Health & Nutrition

Agriculture for Life


    • World Relief's programs in Rwanda began in 1994.
    • World Relief's Water Project has provided clean water for over 8,779 homes over 43,650 people through filtration across 5 Sectors in Rwanda.
    • The 12+ Program, a 10-month mentorship program for vulnerable 11-year-old girls, has served 33,923 girls since 2014. It aims to empower adolescent girls with voice, choice, health and economic assets.341 Care Groups (for children ages 5 to 12 years old) have been launched to address the holistic needs of 34,092 children.
    • The Agriculture for Life program is equipping 546 farmers reaching out to over 2730 family members with appropriate and improved farming techniques.
    • Formed 1,264 Savings Groups with 27,672 members.
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    Moses Ndahiro, Country Director
    Emmanuel Ngoga, Church Empowerment Director
    Jacqueline Mueshema, Finance & Administration Manager
    Clemence Nkulikiyinka, Program Impact & Quality Director
    Pascasie Nsanzabozwa, 12+ Program Manager
    Nathalie Musanganire, Child Development & OVC Program Manager
    Leon Victor Mushumba, Water Project Manager
    Denise Umwali, 12+ Program Technical Director
    Olivier Muhoza, Nutrition Program Manger