Why World Vision is in Rwanda

Over a decade of political stability continues in Rwanda, where people celebrated a peaceful presidential re-election this year. Rwanda is hosting thousands of refugees from war-torn neighboring countries. A 2016 Global Gender Gap Report ranked Rwanda among the top 10 countries and the number one African country for progress in closing inequality between men and women. While a drought caused food shortages in the eastern part of the country at the beginning of the year, severe rains later left thousands homeless and others injured from collapsing or damaged buildings. Political stability and gender equality are important steps toward strengthening Rwanda, so people can respond well to the needs of their vulnerable neighbors. Together we’re working to give thousands of people access to clean water. As we’re helping to improve the quality of education and address low school completion rates, we’re also making libraries and reading materials available to more kids. Locally supported community savings groups are thriving, giving economic stability to more and more households. Together, we’re making sure that more kids have life-saving nutrition and healthcare services, so they can live flourishing childhoods.

We never give up on people

World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Rwanda

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Through children's clubs, kids learned about their rights and discussed key issues, including the dangers of child labor.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • To improve child nutrition, farmers learned better agricultural practices and were equipped to grow vegetable gardens for their families. Parents also learned how to prepare balanced meals and provide proper nutrition for their kids.
  • More children have access to safe drinking water after World Vision installed new water pipelines in their communities. Also, kids can stay healthier with new hand-washing facilities at their schools.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • More than 9,000 children are improving their reading skills through reading clubs and new community libraries.
  • Nearly 8,000 preschoolers are enrolled in early childhood education programs, where trained caregivers teach them basic skills to help prepare them for primary school. Their parents also learned about the importance of early childhood education.

Prayer Requests from Rwanda

World Vision's staff in Rwanda are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Our ability to care for refugees, especially the children, from neighboring countries who are coming to Rwanda.


  • Continued peace, stability, and economic transformation for our country.


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