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Why World Vision is in Rwanda
Rwanda achieved most of its Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 deadline—an impressive achievement. One the country’s biggest successes was improving access to education. Rwanda now has the highest primary school enrollment rates in Africa. However, primary school completion rates are still low and students who complete primary school often don’t have the skills they need for successful employment in the future. We are helping to improve the quality of education by providing additional training for teachers, building classrooms and community centers where kids can use computers, and strengthening Parent Teacher Associations. We assist the most vulnerable children with scholarships so they can stay in school and facilitate vocational training programs that equip youth with valuable knowledge and skills. We are also empowering farmers and entrepreneurs to increase their income so they can provide the essentials for their children, including education, healthcare, and nutritious food.
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.
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.
- Community child protection committees were formed to promote child rights and address child protection issues.
- Farmers were trained in improved farming methods to help them grow more food while conserving soil and water.
- In partnership with Lawyers of Hope, a local organization that defends the cause of poor and needy children, we conducted birth registration campaigns so children would be legally recognized and access their rights.
- We provided training and technology to youth, trainers, and entrepreneurs to help with communication, education, farming, and business. We trained farmers in making compost and improving irrigation, women in tailoring, and youth in developing business ideas and plans.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Health workers and caregivers were trained in nutrition, and community nutrition programs were established to monitor children’s growth and help malnourished children recover.
- Children and families were trained in healthy hygiene and sanitation practices to prevent the spread of disease.
- We worked to reduce the spread of HIV by training youth on HIV prevention and partnered with District Health Services to raise awareness of HIV prevention and promote voluntary testing and counseling services.
- Faith leaders mobilized to help stop the spread of HIV through our Channels of Hope approach, which equips faith leaders and their congregations to break down the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS and care for children and adults who are affected.
- We empowered communities to better their health and well-being with life-saving clean water, as well as safe sanitation and hygiene to prevent water-related illness.
- We installed new wells and water points, rehabilitated existing wells, and built sanitation and handwashing facilities.
- We responded to the refugee crisis by building an innovative river water treatment system to help bring more clean water to the refugee camp. We also built disability-friendly latrines for girls and boys, which ensures that safe hygiene facilities are available for all children in need, no matter their gender or ability.
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.
- To strengthen the quality of education, teachers and Parent Teacher Associations received training in classroom and school management, focusing on boosting literacy and reducing the dropout rate.
- We worked with community members to identify children who weren’t in school or were at risk of dropping out, and then helped these children stay in school by assisting with school fees and helping those with disabilities attend special education programs.
- We are improving literacy among 83,000 primary school children in 104 schools, providing them with meals at school to increase their attentiveness and attendance.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- We partnered with local churches to nurture children’s spiritual growth and to offer peace and reconciliation programs.
Prayer Requests from Rwanda
World Vision's staff in Rwanda are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Continued improvement in the quality of education.
Abundant harvests so children will have enough food. Currently, 44 percent of children under age 5 have stunted growth due to malnutrition.
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