Rwanda is a small, green, hilly country that sits in East-Central Africa with a population of nearly 9.5 million people. It is the most densely populated country in Africa and consists of three people groups: Tutsi, Hutu, and Twa. Initially these three groups were social types based on the wealth and activity of each. Tutsis were known as cattle keepers, Hutus as farmers, and Twa as hunters.
In 1926, Belgians colonized the country, began referring to the Tutsis, Hutus, and Twas as ‘ethnic’ groups, and resettled many Tutsis. Since that time, Rwandans were divided across those ethnic lines.
The injustice, bloodshed, and violence toward Tutsis started in eastern Rwanda’s Bugesera district in the 1950s, continued until the 1970s, and started up again in the early 1990s, leading up to the genocide in April 1994.Though the two majority groups, Tutsi and Hutu, lived side by side, intermarried, and spoke the same language, their old resentments produced what has become known as the cruelest genocide of modern time.
Staff members in Rwanda bring people together and encourage them to be proactive about their own reconciliation processes. During reconciliation workshops, genocide survivors, students, teachers, released prisoners, opinion leaders, children, and adolescents are all given forums to share their stories, learn about the power of forgiveness, and dream about the future within a safe environment.
One World Vision program is called Promotion of Reconciliation Among Youth (PRAY), which has trained 500 youth on peace and reconciliation, and more than 10,000 youths have been involved in creative art to deliver messages of tolerance, forgiveness, and reconciliation among themselves and their communities. More than 200,000 adults and young people have been impacted by their creative presentations containing powerful messages of peace and reconciliation.
World Vision also trains peer counselors, facilitates a mentorship program, staffs a drop-in center, and hosts personal development workshops — all with the aim to promote healing, peace, and reconciliation for people who were affected by the genocide. Since 1994, World Vision has impacted the lives of some 800,000 people in Rwanda.
>> Sponsor a child in Rwanda. Your love and support of a child in need will provide him or her with physical, emotional, and spiritual nurture, as well as hope for a brighter future.
>> Give monthly to help provide relief and support for children affected by war and conflict around the world. Your monthly gift will help provide things like food, clean water, health care, protection, trauma counseling, and more for these vulnerable children.
|Read the story of Alice , a woman who came face to face with her attacker after the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 and eventually offered him forgiveness.|
Two ways you can help
|Sponsor a child in Rwanda. Your love and support of a child in need will provide him or her with physical, emotional, and spiritual nurture, as well as hope for a brighter future.|
Give monthly to help provide relief and support for children affected by war and conflict around the world. Your monthly gift will help provide things like food, clean water, health care, protection, trauma counseling, and more for these vulnerable children.