Kivuruga Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


Community members formed 30 savings groups with our help, providing 900 people with access to basic financial services such as savings accounts and small business loans to increase their income. Nine farmers associations received potato starts and vegetable seeds to help them grow more food for their families and for the market. To increase production and help farmers become more resilient, we trained 173 people in ways to increase the value of local products through various processing and marketing techniques. 240 people learned about proper nutrition for children and mothers through our nutrition education program. 84 community health workers were trained to respond to cases of diarrhea, intestinal parasites, HIV and AIDS, and infectious diseases in children. We worked with the local health center to treat 55 severely malnourished children, 42 of whom fully recovered and 13 of whom made significant progress toward regaining their health. 84 community care coalitions participated in refresher training to strengthen their ability to care for people affected by HIV or AIDS. 3,000 people gained access to clean water from a new water pipeline built in their community. 84 volunteers were trained to raise awareness of the importance of education, together with Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs). We also organized workshops for eight PTAs to strengthen school management and encourage them to meet regularly. 200 children who were struggling in school got help with reading and math through our weekend and holiday tutoring program. 58 teachers were trained in new teaching methods and eight schools were supplied with science, technology, and social studies materials to improve the quality of education. 15 families were supplied with roofing materials to help them rebuild after severe rainstorms damaged their homes. Nine child protection committees were trained in child rights and child protection issues, equipping them to advocate for vulnerable children and to identify and refer cases of child abuse to local authorities. 60 boys and girls attended a children's forum on community development, giving them opportunities to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Cross-cutting issues



  • Rwanda>Northern


  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health

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