Rwanda has made remarkable progress since the 1994 genocide, which left the country with the highest proportion of orphans in the world. As well as promoting good governance and delivering essential services to the poor, Rwanda has also signified a strong commitment to children’s rights. But despite all this, it remains one of Africa’s poorest countries.
Save the Children has been working in Rwanda since 1994. In the immediate aftermath of the genocide, we helped trace parents or relatives of thousands of children who had become separated from their families. Since then, we have been working in partnership with the government and local stakeholders to promote a bright future for Rwanda’s children.
Our primary focus is on health, nutrition, education, child protection and children’s rights. We’re supporting the Rwanda Ministry of Health in the fight against chronic malnutrition. We’re implementing an innovative programme to support improved literacy for children aged 0-9. We’re reaching over 500,000 people through community-based child protection networks to ensure children are safe from abuse, exploitation and child labour. And we’re partnering with the Child Rights Civil Society Coalition in Rwanda to better coordinate efforts to promote the rights of children.