World Vision Rwanda

Our Work

Our overarching goal

By 2020, World Vision Rwanda (WVR) aims at contributing to measurable improvement in the wellbeing of 4,000,000 children, within their families and communities. As an actively engaged WV participant in the Child Well-being Aspirations (CWBA) and Global Targets, WVR’s focus is on four key priority objectives:

  • Improved resilient livelihoods of targeted communities (small-holder farmers, agro businesses, and entrepreneurs)

  • Improved maternal and child health, nutrition and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

  • Improved quality of education and life skills for children and youth in targeted communities

  • Improve community environment to promote peace, spiritual    nurture, protection of children and families

Recent Key Achievements

Health Sector: In FY-2016, World Vision Rwanda implemented  multiple global fund projects in partnership with the Ministries of Health and Gender & Family Promotion respectively, to promote Maternal, Newborn and Child Health but also to help fight against Malnutrition, Malaria and HIV/AIDS. Interventions were mainly oriented towards supplies provision, awareness raising,training sessions and constructions of health facilities.

Health Education: As far as Health education is concerned,  WVR has established 22 Community Knowledge Centers (CKCs), which are community-based facilities equipped with appropriate ICT tools to enhance information generation (from within and without – e.g. indigenous knowledge and market information on one hand, and research findings on the other hand respectively).  The Centres are also disseminating information to and developing skills for local communities in Rwanda.World Vision Rwanda also invested in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health working especially with community Health Workers (CHWs) to train them on timed and targeted counseling (TTC). Knowledge transmitted is supporting pregnant and lactating women for safe delivery. In terms of key achievements, a total number of gardens were set in place after World Vision educated mothers but also fathers on nutrition best practices.

Treatment of the poor/Economic development: During 2016, World Vision encouraged families including the most vulnerable to save income and get credit services, thereby manage shocks that may come upon them.  So far, WVR has facilitated the establishment of 5,084 VSLA’s, with a membership of 299,307 and savings amounting to RwF 1,901,709,322.

-World Vision worked with the Swedish Embassy to create an off-farm Rwandan enterprise which is allowing over 159,000 people to significantly increase household off-farm income in Nyamasheke and Rusizi districts, south west of the country.  Vulnerable women and unemployed youth have come together to start cooperatives that are contributing to helping them initiate off-farm activities and becoming resilient against shocks.

- Through its Food Assistance in Nyamagabe and Rutsiro Districts, in western part of Rwanda, World Vision supported pregnant and lactating women (PLW), children between 6-23 months, and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) with food rations to complement their poor

-Through its 1-year $1.9 million Cash Transfer Project in Gihembe refugee camp, WVR has partnered with WFP and The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to implement an innovative alternative to in-kind food distributions for refugees living in the Gihembe refugee camp.

Education: To ensure the most vulnerable child receives quality education; for an orphan to feel cared for; a child with a disability to access appropriate facilities to study; for the child dropped-out to have a second chance to learn and acquire a technical skill; and for all girls to enjoy their right to education; WV Rwanda is implementing its strategy that promotes sustainability, puting ownership of beneficiaries at the centre of all activities and empowers the stakeholders to serve children and address their needs with an effort to build strong assets that can be used to succeed in life. World Vision is targeting children in early age of developmentaged 0-6, children in primary school aged 7-12, Out-of-school youth aged 13-24.Teachers in nursery and primary schoolsPTAs, parents and caregivers  Local leaders 

Recent emergencies: Due to the security that has prevailed in Rwanda after the 1994 Genocide, populations affected by social turmoil in neighbouring countries, especially in the democratic republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi come to seek for asylum in this country. According to the UNHCR, by the end of 2016, Rwanda was hosting more than 165,000 refugees from DRC and Burundi. International partners, including World Vision Rwanda have come together and launched various projects to improve living conditions in the camps. Water being one of the most fundamental basic needs for life, World Vision Rwanda ensured access to clean water for refugees. World Vision Rwanda, in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) intervened in the Camps to offer Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services to the refugees striving for the well-being of their children. A treatment plant in Mahama refugee camp is providing on daily basis 900,000 litres of clean water purified from the Akagera River. Other necessities were also provided to more than 65,000 refugees hosted in Mahama, Mugombwa and Gihembe camps.World Vision also intervened by providing different hygiene related equipment and facilities including latrine and shower stances, hand washing facilities, baby pots, Mobile toilets installations and construction. Besides refugees, World Vision supported also internal populations who were affected by heavy rains and wind in Bugesera District south west of the country. 75 vulnerable families were helped to reconstruct their destroyed houses by a distribution of iron sheets.


Enjoy Good Health:

With a funding from the USAID, World Vision Rwanda implemented ‘’Ibyiringiro’’ Hope Project, that supported 6,307 HIV-affected adults and children to receive HIV healthcare services.  This project supported 8,065 vulnerable adults and children in accessing both on-farm and off-farm economic strengthening activities through the development of 67 cooperatives, providing mentoring in the development of income generating activities (IGAs) for 4,090 households.   WVR also trained 6,553 vulnerable households in improved hygiene practices through the Ministry of Health approved Community-based Hygiene Promotion Programme (CBHPP).  Finally, the project increased the body mass index (BMI) of 754 malnourished HIV+ children and 5,783 adults to acceptable BMI levels, achieving 95% of its US Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) nutrition targets and 100% of its OVC support targets.  Besides the Hope Project by USAID, World Vision also implemented a Nutrition Project supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Rutsiro District, West Rwanda. This Project is promoting children’s Nutrition through PD Hearth, Child Monitoring and Construction works. Through this project, 142 mother volunteers and 71 community health workers have been mobilized across 71 villages and now are spreading messages on balanced diet.


Are educated for life: World Vision Rwanda invested in improving literacy in Kinyarwanda for grades 1-3 boys and girls in the Central Zone of Rwanda. Children whose literacy in their mother tongue is improved prove to have more chances to succeed more than those who did not. World Vision has also been working with out of school youth to equip and prepare them become economic citizens; to make sure they have skills and abilities to become active participants in the economy of the country. World Vision invested $100,000 targeting a population of 500 out-of school youth in 3 districts, Bugesera, Gatsibo and Gakenke, North East of Rwanda.


Experience love of God and neighbours,

During the 2016 Christmas cards writing, World Vision staff met sponsored children and nurtured them spiritually on what Christmas is about: Love of God to the Humanity, whereby God offers what is dear to Him, his begotten Son, Jesus Christ. After children were spiritually nurtured, they went ahead and wrote letters to their Sponsors. 


Are cared for and participating:To ensure children are cared for and protected, World Vision, through Child Protection and Advocacy (CPA) committees, Citizen Voice and Action (CVA) groups and Celebrating Families events is monitoring and following up to make sure children are safe, participate, grow and develop. This way, children with disability who are among the most vulnerable are helped to access assistive devices and causes of vulnerabilities for children especially the girls are addressed in order to promote gender equity.

Sponsorship: We ended the year 2016 when 83,239 children were registered in World Vision’s sponsorship programme, and 63, 908 out of them were sponsored.