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From 1984 to 1994, CARE Rwanda implemented a range of development projects, including maternal health care, forestry and water and sanitation activities. As a result of the civil war in Rwanda, we closed our Kigali office from April to July 1994 while conducting cross-border relief from Uganda to 150,000 displaced people in eastern Rwanda, and from Burundi and Zaire (now DRC) to 120,000 displaced in southwest Rwanda. Emergency operations included the distribution of shelter, food, basic domestic survival items, water, seeds and tools.

At the height of the emergency efforts in 1994, CARE Rwanda assisted an estimated 1.5 million internally displaced people, refugee returnees and impoverished local residents. CARE has since has built a significant rehabilitation and development program.

CARE Rwanda is currently working in six prefectures in response to expressed needs and requests of relevant government ministries. Projects now 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.

Our Work in Rwanda

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.


Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from Rwanda

Mom Most Likely To: Help Girls Flourish

Reducing Maternal and Child Mortality While Improving Equity and Efficiency in Rwanda

The Kuraneza project was a four-year child survival project implemented in four sectors (Kayenzi, Karama, Musambira and Nyarubaka) of the Kamonyi District in Rwanda. CARE worked in partnership with the Social Affairs Unit of the District of Kamonyi, which is responsible for health under decentralization, to implement the Kuraneza project.

Mom Most Likely To: Help Girls Flourish

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In Kamonyi district in southern Rwanda, Annonciata Umukundwa stands full of pride outside the village early childhood development center for 3 to 6 year old children.

Annonciata explains that at the start, children, including her 7 year-old daughter, Diane, weren’t used to being around other children and had anxiety about being separated from their mothers. But now the children enjoy being there and the program has brought together a once divided community that’s still haunted by the effects of the 1994 genocide.

Journeys of Transformation

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CARE focuses on women and girls because we know that investments in women and girls can make huge changes in eradicating poverty.  We believe that women and girls face enormous obstacles, but with help and support, they can change the world.  But we also know that women and girls are only half the picture.  Women and girls can't advance alone.  They are part of families and communities that need to accept equality and women's rights to fully develop, and for all community members to be truly empowered.  In Rwanda, CARE has done significant research with Promundo to build programs that work

CARE's Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide

The month of April marks 20 years since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. CARE pauses to remember the thousands of lives that were lost and honor those who were taken away too soon and too tragically. We pledge to continue working with the people of Rwanda towards a stronger future that is beneficial for all. And we ask the world to join us in the spirit of this year’s commemoration theme to remember, unite and renew.


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